Thiruvananthapuram railway division

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Thiruvananthapuram railway division
Locale Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Dates of operation October 2, 1979; 35 years ago (1979-10-02)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Headquarters Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Thiruvananthapuram railway division is part of Southern Railway Zone of India. Its headquarters is in Thiruvananthapuram. The division was formed alongwith Bangalore railway division. It was the 53rd division in the country.


The division was formed on 2 October 1979 followed by formation of Bangalore railway division. It was the 53rd division in the country.[1]


It has about 625 kilometres (388 mi) of route length in Kerala and Tamil Nadu from Vallathol Nagar to Melappalaiyam (Tirunelveli district) and carries over 1.65 lakh passengers daily.[2] The doubling of track between Kayamkulam- Quilon completed in 1996 and between Quilon-Trivandrum in 2000. Electrification between Ernakulam & Trivandrum via Kottayam and Alleppey completed in 2006. Electrification of Trivandrum-Nagercoil-Tirunelveli and Nagercoil- Kanyakumari completed in 2012. Doubling of Trivandrum-Nagercoil is awaiting sanction from railway ministry. Third and fourth rail line survey of Ernakulam-Thrissur-Shoranur was announced in rail budget. Shabari Rail from Angamali to Erumeli and its extension to Trivandrum via Punalur was also announced in rail budget.

Terminal facilities[edit]

Thiruvananthapuram railway division has the credit of building and maintaining highest number of passenger terminals in any railway division within southern railway. Passenger terminals are built at Thiruvananthapuram central, Ernakulam, Nagercoil, Alleppey and kochuveli. New passenger terminals proposed at Kanyakumari, Nemom and Kottayam.

MEMU/suburban trains[edit]

A MEMU train near Kollam MEMU Shed

A MEMU shed for Kollam was proposed in 2008's Indian Railway Budget. Kollam MEMU CarShed was formally commissioned on 1 December 2013, five years after its completion.[3] Kollam MEMU Shed is the largest MEMU Shed in Kerala, which is equipped with most modern facilities. A new suburban corridor proposed by Railways between Thiruvananthapuram and Haripad/ Chengannur via Kollam, for which MRVC is tasked to conduct study and submit report.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kerala district gazetteers, Volume 2. Kerala district gazetteers. Printed by the Superintendent of Govt. Presses, 1962. 
  2. ^ Kerala Development Report. Academic Foundation, 2008 Government of India Planning Commission. 2008. p. 480.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ MEMU Maintenance Work Begins in Kollam Kollam MEMU Shed

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