South Line, Chennai Suburban

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South Line, Chennai Suburban
Trisulam electrification on Chennai local.jpg
Overview
Type Suburban railway
System Chennai Suburban Railway
Status Operational
Termini Chennai Beach (Madras Beach)
Villupuram
Stations 46
Operation
Opening 1931
Operator(s) Southern Railway (India)
Depot(s) Tambaram, Egmore
Technical
Line length 163 kilometres (101 mi) (60 km Suburban and 103 km MEMU)
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 90 km/h (maximum service speed)

The South Line of Chennai Suburban Railway is the fourth longest suburban line that runs southwards from Chennai (Madras) City. It is the oldest suburban line of Chennai (Madras), opened in 1931. Suburban services terminate at Chengalpattu (Chingleput) and MEMU services at Villupuram. The capacity utilisation of Chennai Beach-Egmore-Tambaram section is 69 percent. The tract travels along the GST Road from St.Thomas Mount to Villupuram.[1]

Sections[edit]

South Line, Chennai Suburban

Chennai Beach — Villupuram

0.00 Chennai Beach
1.80 Chennai Fort
Parktown (See MRTS)
3.07 Chennai Park (North Line, Metro Line 1 & 2)
4.32 Chennai Egmore (Metro Line 2)
6.56 Chetput
Cooum River
8.15 Nungambakkam
9.68 Kodambakkam
11.29 Mambalam
12.90 Saidapet
Adyar River
15.01 Guindy (Metro Line 1)
17.12 St. Thomas Mount (Metro Line 2 and MRTS)
See MRTS
18.75 Pazhavanthangal
20.04 Meenambakkam (Metro Line 1)
21.22 Tirusulam
23.15 Pallavaram
25.35 Chromepet
27.36 Tambaram Sanatorium
29.14 Tambaram
32.64 Perungalathur
34.44 Vandalur
37.50 Urapakkam
40.41 Guduvancheri
43.94 Potheri
45.85 Kattangulathur
46.96 Maraimalai Nagar
51.48 Singaperumal Koil
55.59 Paranur
(To Arakkonam)
59.84 Chengalpattu Junction
63.00 Tirumani
68.37 Ottivakkam
73.08 Padalam
80.83 Karunguzhi
84.48 Maduranthakam
91.07 Pakkam
95.37 Melmaruvathur
98.21 Acharapakkam
104.27 Tozhuppedu
109.44 Karasangal
113.86 Olakur
118.59 Panchalam
125.48 Tindivanam
134.84 Mailam
143.44 Perani
149.92 Vikravandi
156.44 Mundiyampakkam
(To Katpadi)
162.76 Viluppuram Junction

Beach — Tambaram[edit]

  • This section has 2 dedicated lines for the suburban train operations apart from 2 main lines for mixed traffic.
  • EMUs are operated along 3rd and 4th main lines during peak hours.
  • 9-car and 12-car EMU are operated in this sector.

Tambaram — Chengalpattu[edit]

  • This section has single main line in which suburban trains as well as other trains are operated.
  • 9-car and 12-car EMU are operated in this sector.

Beach — Melmaruvathur[edit]

  • Few EMU services between Chennai Beach and Melmaruvathur is operational.

Beach — Villupuram[edit]

  • An EMU service is operational between Chennai Beach and Villupuram.

Melmaruvathur — Villupuram[edit]

  • A MEMU service is operational between Melmaruvathur and Villupuram.

Hours of Operation[edit]

  • Chennai Beach — Tambaram

The first EMU starts from Chennai Beach at 3:55 and the last train at 23:59. Most the trains in this section end at Tambaram station. The peak hour headway is 7 minutes and the headway at the first and last hours of operation is 20 minutes.

  • Tambaram — Chennai Beach

The first EMU starts from Tambaram at 4:00 and the last train at 23.55. Peak hour headway is 7 minutes.

  • Tambaram — Chengalpattu

The first EMU starts from Tambaram at 4:50 and the last train at 23:40. Peak hour headway is 15 minutes.

  • Chengalpattu — Tambaram

The first EMU starts from Chengalpattu at 4:05 and the last train at 23.10. Peak hour headway is 15 minutes.

  • Chennai Beach — Melmaruvathur
    • Two service from Chennai Beach to Melmaruvathur at 08:30 and 11:10
    • Two services from Melmaruvathur to Chennai Beach at 15:30 and 17:50
  • Melmaruvathur — Villupuram
    • Two services from Melmaruvathur to Villupuram at 11:40 and 13:15
    • Two services from Villupuram to Melmaruvathur at 13:45 and 15:10

Gallery[edit]

Guindy station in 2006[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sreevatsan, Ajai (17 January 2012). "MTC loses passengers to suburban train services". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 8 Apr 2012.