Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station
Indian Railway Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Station main building.
|Address||Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
|Elevation||6.740 metres (22.11 ft)|
|Line(s)||Thiruvananthapuram – Kollam - Kayamkulam, Thiruvananthapuram – Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram-Punalur-Erumeli via Nemom, Nedumangad|
|Connections||Taxi Stand,Pre paid Auto service, Thiruvananthapuram Central bus station of the KSRTC|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Baggage check||X-Ray detection machine installed|
|Opened||4 November 1931|
|Division(s)||Thiruvananthapuram Railway division|
Thiruvananthapuram Central is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest railway stations in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and an important rail hub in Southern Railway. It is one of profitable stations under Southern Railway. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central is also a terminating point for the proposed Chennai - Bangalore - Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the proposed Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High Speed Rail corridor. The railway station is located opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.
Trains from here connect the city of Thiruvananthapuram to major cities of India. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation and Internet browsing centers. A second satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli Railway Station, near the International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is the first major city from south along the longest train routes in India, the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Dibrugarh Vivek Express route and the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Jammu Tawi Himsagar Express route. A second terminal (south Terminal) was opened in 2004 to handle passenger traffic and later a West Terminal in 2007. To reduce traffic, the Central Railway Station has 18 railway tracks.
|Stations southwards from Thiruvananthapuram Central|
The Madras-Quilon line was extended to the capital of the Princely State of Travancore, Thiruvananthapuram and was opened on 4 January 1918. The line then terminated at Chakka, which was the trading centre of Thiruvananthapuram then. M.E. Watts, Dewan of the erstwhile Travancore, took the initiative to extend the railway line to the heart of the city. The terminus was shifted to current location Thiruvananthapuram Central Thampanoor on 1931. The Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was built during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore, and inaugurated on 4 November 1931. No bricks were used for the construction of this station building; it was built completely with rock masonry. Thiruvananthapuram was a branch line station but the Maharani built it at par with the counterparts in the major cities of India.The station was built to handle two departures per day in 1931 and had only one platform in the beginning.
This station has 5 platforms to handle long and short distance trains and a proposal to build more platforms in pipeline. The Thiruvananthapuram railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and eastern entrance is on Power House road.The train care centre functions adjacent to eastern side entrance.Nemom and Kochuveli Railway stations are announced in railway budget as satellite terminals to Thiruvananthapuram Central. Kochuveli satellite terminal has started functioning with trains originating from here.
Thiruvananthapuram Central is well equipped with modern security gadgets, and is the first station in the state to install video surveillance. The Networked electronic surveillance system is installed in this Central Station by Railway Protection Force (RPF) for improving the security and for monitoring the movement of passengers arriving at the station.
- Computerised Reservation Ticket Center
- Computerised Unreserved Ticket Center
- AC & Non AC Passenger Waiting Center
- Cloak Room
- Rest Room
- Pre Paid Parking Facility
- Pre Paid Auto
- X Ray Luggage Scanner
- Parcel Booking Office
- Foot over bridge
- Public Addressing System
- Medical Shop
- Book Stall
- Railway Enquiry
- Automatic Ticket Vending Machine
The station handles over 200,000 passengers daily.
Thiruvananthapuram Central at a glance
- Express Trains from Thiruvananthapuram Central
Some of the major trains originating from the station.
|No.||Train No:||Origin||Destination||Train Name|
|1.||16723/16724||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Chennai Egmore||Ananthapuri Express|
|2.||12623/12624||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Chennai Central||Thiruvananthapuram Mail|
|3.||12695/12696||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Chennai Central||Chennai Superfast Express|
|4.||12697/12698||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Chennai Central||Chennai Superfast Weekly Express|
|5.||22207/22208||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Chennai Central||Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Super AC Express|
|6.||16331/16332||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus||Mumbai Express|
|7.||16345/16346||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Lokmanya Tilak Terminus||Netravati Express|
|8.||12625/12626||Thiruvananthapuram Central||New Delhi||Kerala Express|
|9.||12431/12432||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Hazrat Nizamuddin||Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express|
|10.||12643/12644||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Hazrat Nizamuddin||Swarnajayanthi Express|
|11.||16323/16324||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Shalimar||Shalimar Express|
|12.||16325/16326||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Indore Junction via Chennai Central||Ahilyanagari Express|
|13.||22647/22648||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Korba via Chennai Central||Korba Express|
|14.||16333/16334||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Veraval||Thiruvananthapuram Veraval Express|
|15.||12515/12516||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Guwahati via Chennai Central||Guwahati Thiruvananthapuram Express|
|16.||12507/12508||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Guwahati via Chennai Central||Guwahati Thiruvananthapuram Express|
|17.||16347/16348||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mangalore Central||Mangalore Express|
|18.||16603/16605||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mangalore Central||Maveli Express|
|19.||16629/16630||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Mangalore Central||Malabar Express|
|20.||17229/17230||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Hyderabad Deccan||Sabari Express|
|21.||12511/12512||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Gorakhpur Junction via Chennai Central||Raptisagar Express|
|22.||12075/12076||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Kozhikode||Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express|
|23.||12081/12082||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Kannur||Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express|
|24.||16301/16302||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Shornur Junction||Venad Express|
|25.||16303/16304||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Ernakulam Junction||Vanchinad Express|
|26.||16341/16342||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Guruvayur||Intercity Express|
|27||16343/16344||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Palakkad Town||Amritha Express|
|28.||16349/16350||Thiruvananthapuram Central||Nilambur Road||Rajya Rani Express|
|29.||22633/34||Thiruvananthapuram Central||New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Road||Thiruvananthapuram Nizamuddin Superfast Express|
- Passenger Trains starting from Thiruvananthapuram Central
- Express Trains Passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
|No.||Train No:||Origin||Destination||Train Name|
|3.||16335/16336||Nagercoil||Gandhidham||Nagercoil Gandhidham Express|
|4.||16381/16382||Kanyakumari||Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus||Kanyakumari Mumbai Express|
|7.||19577/19578||Tirunelveli||Hapa||Hapa Tirunelveli Superfast Express|
|8.||22619/22620||Tirunelveli||Bilaspur||Bilaspur Superfast Express|
|9.||15905/15906||Kanyakumari||Dibrugarh||Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express *|
|10.||16127/16128||Guruvayur||Chennai Egmore||Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Express|
|11.||16649/16650||Nagercoil||Mangalore Central||Parasuram Express|
- Vivek Express is the longest running passenger train in Indian Railways
- Passenger Trains passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
Future expansion plans
It was announced in railway budget to convert Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station into world-class standards. The foundation stone for expansion and modernisation of station was laid by Former Union Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad in December 2006. Tenders have been invited for carrying out feasibility studies for this proposed project. More than 1000 million (US$16 million) is needed for first phase of this project.
A new complex of railway station will be built with a built-up area of 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2). All modern facilities including an office and commercial complex is planned here. The proposal to set up a passenger terminal at Nemom is announced in rail budget and yet to begin work. It is estimated that only a consortium would be able to take up expansion project of Thiruvananthapuram Central, since the project is a massive one.
Feasibility study for Chennai-Bangalore-Thiruvananthapuram High speed rail corridor ongoing and is being planned along with other few corridors in country.
- Thiruvananthapuram Railway division
- Thiruvananthapuram Pettah
- Kochuveli Railway station
- Nemom Railway Station
- Neyyattinkara Railway Station
- Nagercoil Railway Station
- Kollam Junction
- Punalur Railway Station
- Paravur Railway Station
- Chengannur Railway Station
- Southern Railway Zone
- Railway station layout
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