Ernakulam Junction railway station
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (April 2015)|
|Indian Railway Station|
|Location||Kochi, Kerala, India|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
Ernakulam Junction (also known as Ernakulam South, code: ERS) is the largest railway station in the city of Kochi. The station has six platforms and two terminals (the Main entry and the Eastern entry). It is a junction, joining lines going in four different directions namely: north towards Shornur, south towards Alappuzha, south-west towards Willingdon Island and east towards Kottayam. This station has 6 platforms to handle long distance trains and local trains.
|Railways in Kerala cities|
The station is operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways and comes under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains to any part of India and also one of the A1 graded stations in the Southern Railway. The Station also has a Train Care Centre in its premises.
Another major railway station in downtown Kochi is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station. Besides this there are numerous railway stations in the Greater Cochin Region. Because of the loop structure of the tracks, trains going from the Thrissur side to the Kottayam side via Ernakulam Junction have to reverse their directions, whereas those going to the Alappuzha do not face this problem.
Ernakulam Junction is one of the most important stations in India. It is the largest of the 3 major stations serving the city other being Ernakulam north and Aluva railway station. It is the second busiest in terms of no of trains after aluva. Even though there have been many proposals to convert Ernakulam junction into a world class station, no development activity is happening at present.
Ernakulam Junction was the first railway station in Kerala to have an escalator. It was installed on 9 September 2013.
Local name of the station
Among Kochites, Ernakulam Junction is referred to as "Ernakulam South" or simply "South" as it is in the southern part of Ernakulam, to distinguish it from Ernakulam Town which in turn is referred to as (and was officially called for a long time as) "Ernakulam North" or simply "North".
Ernakulam Junction railway station has 6 platforms to handle long-distance and passenger trains. The railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is near to the Chittor road. The second entrance is called East entrance which is parallel to the Karshaka road.
- Cyber Cafe
- Escalator subway and elevator
- Foot Over Bridge
- Integrated Survelliance Post by Excise & Commercial Taxes Department
- IRCTC Restaurants
- Online Reservation counters
- Parcel Booking Office
- Passenger Waiting Hall with transit lodging facility
- Pre-Paid Autorikshaw counters
- Pre-Paid Parking space
- Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
- Railway Protection Force - Circle Office
Trains originating from Ernakulam Junction
- Express Trains starting from Ernakulam Junction
|No.||Train No:||Origin||Destination||Train Name|
|1.||12224/12223||Ernakulam South||Lokmanya Tilak Terminus||Mumbai Duronto Express|
|2.||12283/12284||Ernakulam South||H.Nizamudin||New Delhi Duronto Express|
|3.||12617/12618||Ernakulam South||H.Nizamudin||Mangala Lakshadweep Express|
|4.||12645/12646||Ernakulam South||H.Nizamudin||Millenium Express|
|5.||16865/16866||Ernakulam South||Karaikal||Tea Garden Express|
|6.||16305/16306||Ernakulam South||Kannur||Intercity Express|
|7.||16307/16308||Ernakulam South||Kannur||Executive Express|
|8.||12678/12677||Ernakulam South||Bangalore||Intercity Express|
|9.||12683/12684||Ernakulam South||Bangalore||Superfast Express|
|10.||22607/22608||Ernakulam South||Bangalore||Superfast Express|
|11.||16303/16304||Ernakulam South||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Vanchinad Express|
|12.||10216/10215||Ernakulam South||Madgon||Madagon Express|
|13.||16309/16310||Ernakulam South||Patna||Patna Express|
|14.||16359/16360||Ernakulam South||Patna||Patna Express|
|15.||16337/16338||Ernakulam South||Okha||Okha Express|
|16.||12522/12521||Ernakulam South||Barauni||Raptisagar Express|
|17.||11098/11097||Ernakulam South||Pune||Poorna Express|
|18.||12519/12520||Ernakulam South||Pune||Pune Express|
|19.||12977/12978||Ernakulam South||Ajmer||Marusagar Express via Madgaon(GOA)|
|20.||22816/22817||Ernakulam South||Bilaspur||Bilaspur Express|
- Passenger Trains starting from Ernakulam Junction
|1.||56387||Ernakulam South||Kayamkulam Junction|
|2.||56391||Ernakulam South||Kollam Junction|
|5.||66301||Ernakulam South||Kollam Junction(MEMU)|
|7.||56606||Ernakulam South||Shoranur Junction|
|8.||66612||Ernakulam South||Palakad Jn (MEMU)|
|15.||66307||Ernakulam South||Kollam Junction(MEMU)|
|16.||66309||Ernakulam South||Kollam Junction(MEMU)|
|17.||66303||Ernakulam South||Kollam Junction(MEMU)|
|18.||56383||Ernakulam South||Kayamkulam Junction|
|19.||56381||Ernakulam South||Kayamkulam Junction|
Trains passing through Ernakulam Junction
|No.||Train No:||Origin||Destination||Train Name|
|3.||16307/16308||Alleppey||Cannanore||Alleppey Kannur Express|
|4.||16341/16342||Guruvayur||Trivandrum||Guruvayur Trivandrum Express|
|5.||12512/12511||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Gorakhpur Junction||Raptisagar Express|
|6.||12625/12626||Thiruvananthapuram Central||New Delhi||Kerala Express|
|7.||12643/12644||Thiruvananthapuram Central||H. Nizamuddin||Hazrat Nizamuddin Express|
|8.||16302/16301||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Shornur Junction||Venad Express|
|9.||12076/12075||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Kozhikode||Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express|
|10.||16323/16324||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Shalimar||Shalimar Express|
|11.||16326/16325||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Indore Junction||Ahilyanagari Express|
|12.||16332/16331||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus||Mumbai Express|
|13.||16346/16345||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Lokmanya Tilak Terminus||Netravathi Express|
|14.||16604/16603||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mangalore||Maveli Express|
|15.||12431/12432||Thiruvananthapuram Central||H. Nizamuddin||Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express|
|16.||12217/12218||Kochuveli||Chandigarh||Kerala Sampark Kranti Express|
|17.||16316/16315||Kochuveli||Bangalore||Kochuveli Bangalore Express|
|18.||12483/12484||Kochuveli||Amritsar||Kochuveli Amritsar Express|
|19.||12997/12998||Tirunelveli||Happa||Happa Superfast Express|
|20.||12788/12787||Tirunelveli||Bilaspur||Bilaspur Superfast Express|
|21.||16128/16127||Guruvayur||Chennai Egmore||Guruvayur Express|
|23.||19261/19262||Kochuveli||Porbandar||Kochuveli Porbandar Express|
Railway Stations in the Metropolitan and Extended Metropolitan regions
|No||Station Name||No Of Platforms|
|9.||Cochin Harbour Terminus||Defunct|
Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town, Edapally and Aluva stations lie in a 12 km line. The city has got one of the highest concentration of railway stations (large and busy) in the country. Ernakulam Junction also operates special train services to Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai during peak seasons. Ernakulam Junction has been chosen for a feasibility study for Bullet trains along Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Kochi-Trivandrum route.
Diesel Loco Shed
Ernakulam Diesel Loco Shed is the only loco shed in the state of Kerala. The Diesel Loco Shed was set up in 1982 and handles around 56 diesel locomotives a month and employees 373 personnel. It is the southernmost locoshed in Indian Railways. It is mainly concentrating the maintenance of locos WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDS-6 and WDM-7 locos.
The first ATM facility and Railway cyber cafe to be installed at a railway station in Kerala was Ernakulam Junction. List of ATMs in Ernakulam Junction.
- "'Willingdon island to be developed as grain storage hub'". The New Indian Express. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2014.