Kollam Junction railway station

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Kollam Junction
Junction station

കൊല്ലം ജംഗ്ഷന്
Kollam Railway Station Entrance.jpg
Entrance of Kollam Junction Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Kollam, Kollam District, Kerala
Coordinates 8°53′10″N 76°35′42″E / 8.8860°N 76.5951°E / 8.8860; 76.5951Coordinates: 8°53′10″N 76°35′42″E / 8.8860°N 76.5951°E / 8.8860; 76.5951
Elevation 6.74 metres (22.1 ft)
Line(s) Thiruvananthapuram Central-Kollam Junction-Kayamkulam Junction,
Kollam Junction – Sengottai
Connections Taxi Stand, Pre-paid Auto service
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 6
Tracks 17
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Baggage check Not available
Other information
Opened 1904; 110 years ago (1904)
Electrified 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code QLN
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram
Owned by Indian Railways
Operator Southern Railway zone
Station status Functioning
22,000 per day

Kollam Junction railway station (station code: QLN) is a junction station situated in the city of Kollam in Kerala, India. It is the second largest railway station in Kerala in terms of area, after Shoranur Junction, and is one of the oldest railway stations in Kerala. Kollam station also boasts a record of having stops for all trains passing through the station. It is the third busiest railway station in Kerala.

Trains from here connect the city of Kollam to major cities of India, including New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Indore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Madurai, Vizag, Jammu, Howrah, Guwahati, Madgaon, Itarsi, Hubli, Ahmedabad, Kanyakumari, Gwalior, Nagpur, Pune, Kota, Bhubaneshwar, Gorakhpur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Amritsar, Vijayawada, Coimbatore, Chandigarh and Mangalore.


Kollam railway station in 1905

The first idea of rail link from Tirunelveli to Kollam which was the trading capital of the Travancore Kingdom was conceived in 1873.The line was sanctioned by the Madras Presidency in 1899 and the survey was completed in 1900.The railway line was built joinly by South Indian railway, Travancore state and Madras Presidency.The Kollam(Formerly Quilon)railway station was built in 1904 by Sree Moolam Tirunal Rama Varma, Maharaja of Travancore. It was the ruler’s desire to create a rail link between Kollam, the then commercial capital of his State and Madras[1] The meter gauge line from Kollam to Punalur was inaugurated by on 1 June 1904. The Kollam-Sengottai railway line was inaugurated on 26 November 1904. The meter gauge line was later extended to chalai at Trivandrum and inaugurated on 4 January 1918.[2] The meter gauge railway line from Kollam was extended to Ernakulam via Kottayam in 6 January 1958. The meter gauge lines between Kollam and Ernakulam was converted into broad gauge in 1975 and was inaugurated on 13 September 1976. The broad gauge conversion between Punalur and Kollam section was inaugurated on 12 May 2010.

There was a 2.4 km meter gauge line connecting Quilon Junction and Ashramam Maidananam.During the inauguration of Kollam-Punalur meter gauge line in 1904, parts of locomotives which is to be used for Quilon-Schencottah line were shipped to Quilon port from Tuticorin port. They were assembled at the Ashramam Maidananam which was an open ground. The line was laid to carry these locomotives to the main station.The line was dismantled in 2000 for town expansion.


There is a total of 17 tracks in the Kollam railway station, 2 lines are passing through the MEMU shed. The station has 5 platforms for handling long distance, passenger, MEMU & goods trains. The platform 1 is divided into two sections. Platform 1A handles the trains to Punalur -Sengottai line and platform 1 handles trains towards Trivandrum Central.The platform 1 and 1A together has a length of 1,180.5m and is the second longest railway platform in India.[3] The station has a MEMU shed which is situated near to Platform 1A. An FCI godown owned and operated by Food Corporation of India is also situated near Kollam junction.

Main foot overbridge in Kollam Railway Station
Platform No.1&2 of Kollam Junction Railway Station
12695 Chennai-Trivandrum SF arriving at Platform No.1 in Kollam Junction Railway Station
MEMU Shed Office, Kollam: The biggest MEMU Shed of Kerala is situated in Kollam
Goods transferring in Kollam Railway Station


Passing Express trains

Some of the major trains passing through the station.

No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 12623/12624 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Trivandrum Mail
2. 12695/12696 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
3. 12697/12698 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Weekly Express
4. 22207/22208 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Thiruvananthapuram - Chennai AC Superfast Express
5. 16331/16332 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mumbai CST Mumbai Express
6. 16345/16346 Thiruvananthapuram Central Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express
7. 12625/12626 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Kerala Express
8. 12431/12432 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express
9. 12643/12644 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarnajayanthi Express
10. 16323/16324 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shalimar Shalimar Express
11. 16325/16326 Thiruvananthapuram Central Indore Junction via Chennai Central Ahilyanagari Express
12. 16327/16328 Thiruvananthapuram Central Korba via Chennai Central Korba Express
13. 16333/16334 Thiruvananthapuram Central Veraval Veraval Express
14. 12515/12516 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Guwahati Express
15. 12507/12508 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Trivandrum-Guwahati SuperFast Express
16. 16347/16348 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Mangalore Express
17. 16603/16605 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Maveli Express
18. 16629/16630 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Malabar Express
19. 17229/17230 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hyderabad Deccan Sabari Express
20. 12511/12512 Thiruvananthapuram Central Gorakhpur Junction via Chennai Central Raptisagar Express
21. 12075/12076 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kozhikode Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express
22. 12081/12082 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kannur Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express
23. 16301/16302 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shornur Junction Venad Express
24. 16303/16304 Thiruvananthapuram Central Ernakulam Junction Vanchinad Express
25. 16341/16342 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guruvayur Intercity Express
26. 16343/16344 Thiruvananthapuram Central Palakkad Town Amritha Express
27. 16349/16350 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
28. 22633/22634 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Superfast Express (LHB coaches)
29. 18567/18568 Kollam Junction Visakhapatnam Express
30. 22113/22114 Kochuveli Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Superfast Express
31. 22619/22620 Tirunelveli Bilaspur Superfast Express
32. 12201/12202 Kochuveli Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Garibrath Express
33. 12257/12258 Kochuveli Yeshvantapur Garibrath Express
34. 15905/15906 Kanyakumari Dibrugarh Vivek Express
35. 12287/12288 Kochuveli Dehradun Kochuveli Dehradun Express
36. 16381/16382 Kanyakumari Mumbai CST Jayanthy Janatha Express
37. 16525/16526 Kanyakumari Bangalore City Island Express
38. 12257/12258 Kochuveli Chandigarh Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
39. 12659/12660 Nagercoil Junction Shalimar Gurudev Express
Originating trains
Train Number Source Destination Name/Type
66310 Kollam Ernakulam Junction (Via Alappuzha) MEMU
56300 Kollam Alappuzha Passenger
56392 Kollam Ernakulam Junction (Via Kottayam) Passenger
56332 Kollam Punalur Passenger
56307 Kollam Thiruvananthapuram Central Passenger
56394 Kollam Kottayam Passenger
56334 Kollam Punalur Passenger
66302 Kollam Ernakulam Junction (Via Alappuzha) MEMU
66300 Kollam Ernakulam Junction (Via Kottayam) MEMU
56336 Kollam Punalur Passenger
66308 Kollam Ernakulam Junction (Via Kottayam) MEMU
66304 Kollam Kanyakumari MEMU
56365 Kollam Punalur Passenger
56309 Kollam Thiruvananthapuram Central Passenger
56338 Kollam Punalur Passenger
18568 Kollam Visakhapatnam Express

MEMU Shed[edit]

A MEMU train at Kollam Junction Railway Station

Kollam MEMU Carshed is constructed at a cost of INR40.68 crore (US$6.8 million), for Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) rakes. It was formally commissioned on 1 December 2013, five years after its completion.[4] Now the railways is operating 3 pair of Kollam-Ernakulam (via Alappuzha and Kottayam)[5] via both the routes and a Kollam-Kanyakumari[6] (via Trivandrum, Nagercoil) services from Kollam. Kollam MEMU Shed is the largest MEMU Shed in Kerala, which is equipped with most modern facilities.


DEMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) service would be launched in Kollam-Punalur section soon.[7] A new passenger train connecting Punalur and Kanyakumari is also proposed in the budget, which will pass through the station.[8] Foundation stone was laid for a new terminal at Kollam railway station, facing the Thirumangalam National Highway (Old NH-208). Also the modernization works of the station like works for lifts, escalators etc. have been initiated in the railway station but not yet completed.

Suburban railway stations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A station of yore, its golden links
  2. ^ Railways cross a milestone
  3. ^ "Current Affairs: Longest Railway Platforms". 
  4. ^ MEMU Maintenance Work Begins in Kollam Kollam MEMU Shed
  5. ^ MEMU service flagged off Kollam-Ernakulam MEMU
  6. ^ MEMU service flagged off in Kollam Kollam-Kanyakumari MEMU
  7. ^ Train flagged off Punalur-Guruvayur train flagged off
  8. ^ Rail Budget-2014 Three trains for Kerala

External links[edit]

Media related to Kollam railway station at Wikimedia Commons