1. There is a mention of an Article published in Dinakaran by Mr.Edward Jeni (2013). This describes the olden railway line of Thirunelveli District.Due to the red sandy soil tract it was known as Therikkadu Railroad which was decomissioned around 60-65 years ago.
2. This is a post from one Mr.Shankar SC from 17th July 2017, on the IR southern Zone disscussion site.You can thank him, if it's helps you. (http://indianrailways.informe.com/forum/tirunelveli-junction-suburban-stations-dt1081-255.html). You can contact him via private message after you register in the website.
This news requests, the State and Central Govt, Railway Ministry to revive the Thiruchendur (TCN) - Thisayanvilai Railway line, which was constructed by British.
In railway documents, TCN to Thisayanvilai railway line was fully functional from the year 1914 to 1940 and both passenger and freight trains were under service. The freight trains were getting sugar (Raw sugar factory was at Kulasekaranpattinam).
Two Railroads were constructed from Kulasekaranpattinam to Udankudi and TCN to Thisayanvilai.
The following stations were functioning on this two feet railroad,
4. Chokkan kudiyiruppu
7. Kulasekaranpattinam Central
8. KPN Harbor
9. KPN Factory
There were a branch line from Kulasekaranpattinam to Udangudi via Kottangaadu.
Four trains hauled by Steam engine were operated, on Fridays one more special service were also added.
During this time, South Indian Railways (SIR) Operated trains from Tirunelveli to Thiruchendur.
Tirunelveli district administration was trying to buy this railroad, somewhat, that did not happen.
3. The other sites you can check out are listed below.
a. http://www.borht.org.uk/archive.htm. This is the British Overseas Railway Historical Trust, that has a section on India.
b. http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~poyntz/India/images/Railways1893.jpg. This has the general railway map from 1893
c.http://irfca.org/docs/maps.html.This site gives you the old railways maps and geography.
d. History of Indian Railways: Constructed and In Progress (Government of India, Railway Department (Railway Board), New Delhi / Simla, Government of India Press). This gives details for railway lines,dates and engineering details until 1961, Then it changed to Annual Report and Accounts.
e. You can also look up the periodical'The Indian and Eastern Engineer (1890s-10920s) and the India Railway Gazette (1910-1940s).
f. You can contact The National Rail Muesum, Chanakyapuri,New-Delhi which also has the India Rail archives.
National Rail Museum,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110 021. India.
Tel: +91 11-6881816, +91 11-6880939 Fax: +91 11-6880804