Kozhikode railway station

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Kozhikode Railway Station
Indian Railway Station
Normal Station
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Station statistics
Address Railway Station Road, Kozhikode, Kozhikode, Kerala
 India
Coordinates 11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805Coordinates: 11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805
Line(s) Shoranur-Mangalore section
Connections Bus stand, Taxicab stand, Auto rickshaw stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 4
Tracks 6
Parking Yes
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 2 January 1888 (1888-01-02)
Station code CLT
Zone(s) Southern Railway
Division(s) Palakkad
Operator Southern Railway
Station status Functioning
Traffic
Passengers () above 14000 daily

Kozhikode Railway Station, formerly Calicut Railway Station, is the largest railway station in the city of Kozhikode, India. The station has four platforms and two terminals. The first platform has a capacity to accommodate trains with 18 coaches and the third platform 20 coaches. The fourth one has the capacity to accommodate 24 coaches.[1] The station falls under category A1 of the Palakkad division of Southern Railway with the daily passenger turnout exceeding 8,000.[2] It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kollam, Coimbatore, Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mangalore, Pune, Jammu Tawi and so forth. The other railway stations in the city include Kallayi Kozhikode South (Code:KUL), Vellayil (Code:VLL) and West Hill (Code:WH).[3][4][5]

An integrated security system was installed at the station in 2012 featuring baggage scanners, CCTVs and vehicle scanners.[6] The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on January 2, 2013.[7]

History[edit]

The railway line to Calicut (now Kozhikode) was opened to traffic on 2 January 1888 and at that time was western terminus of the Madras Railway. The first line in Malabar was laid between Beypore and Tirur, the former an important port town, in 1861. With the arrival of the new line to Calicut and its growth as an administrative centre, Beypore diminished in significance and the railway line to it was subsequently abandoned.[8]

The station houses several vintage fixtures including a recreation club named the Railway Institute built by the British adjacent to the station in 1888 to serve as a venue for the social life of the Railways' employees, and a cast iron mechanical pumpset that was imported from England to pump water into steam locomotives.[9][10]

Trains originating from Kozhikode[edit]

The following trains originate from Kozhikode:[11]

No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 12075 Kozhikode Thiruvananthapuram Central (Via:-Alappuzha) Jan Shatabdi Express
2. 56657 Kozhikode Kannur Passenger
3. 56600 Kozhikode Shoranur Junction Passenger
4. 56654 Kozhikode Mangalore Central Passenger

Facilities[edit]

  • Online Reservation counters -open between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Passenger Waiting Hall with transit lodging facility
  • Cyber cafe
  • Parcel booking Office
  • Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
  • Railway Protection force - Circle office
  • IRCTC Restaurants
  • Pre-Paid autorikshaw counters[12]
  • Pre-paid parking space[13]
  • Private Food stalls
  • escalator and elavator systems

ATMs[edit]

The are following bank ATMs are available at the railway station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kozhikode station has 4 platforms and platform capacity". 2005-11-28. 
  2. ^ "A case for better railway facilities in Kozhikode". The Hindu. February 10, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stations in Kozhikode City". 
  4. ^ "West Hill as Kozhikode North Station". 
  5. ^ "Vellayil as Kozhikode North". 
  6. ^ "50 CCTVs at railway station". The Hindu. November 25, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kozhikode rail station to celebrate anniversary". The Hindu. October 11, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "A milestone". The Hindu. October 19, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Relics of a bygone era wither away". The Hindu. October 22, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "An old giant, forgotten". The Hindu. September 20, 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Trains originating from Kozhikode". 
  12. ^ "Prepaid auto service launched". The Hindu. Sep 01, 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Protest against high parking fee at railway station". The Hindu. January 24, 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013.