Coimbatore Junction railway station

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Coimbatore Junction
Express train, Passenger train and Commuter rail station
Coimbatore junction.jpg
Main Entrance of the Station
LocationState Bank Road, Coimbatore, Tamil nadu
Coordinates10°59′47″N 76°58′02″E / 10.996365°N 76.967222°E / 10.996365; 76.967222Coordinates: 10°59′47″N 76°58′02″E / 10.996365°N 76.967222°E / 10.996365; 76.967222
Elevation411.2 metres (1,349 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouthern Railway zone
Line(s)Chennai - Coimbatore line
Coimbatore–Shoranur line
Coimbatore - Mettupalayam line
Coimbatore - Pollachi line
Platforms6
Tracks20
ConnectionsBus, Taxi Stand, Auto
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusFunctional
Station codeCBE
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Salem
History
Opened1861; 158 years ago (1861)
ElectrifiedYes
Traffic
Passengers50,000/day[citation needed]
Location
Coimbatore Junction is located in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore Junction
Coimbatore Junction
Location within Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore Junction, also known as Coimbatore Main (station code: CBE), is the primary railway station serving Coimbatore city.

History[edit]

Train service in Coimbatore started in 1861, upon the construction of the PodanurMadras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India.[1] Coimbatore lies on the Coimbatore – Shoranur Broad gauge railway line. Until 1956, the Coimbatore railway Division was functioning with Podanur as the Headquarters. In 1956, the headquarters was shifted to Olavakkode, of Kerala state and was named Olavakkod railway division. In 1980, Olavakkod division was renamed Palakkad railway division. It comprised Kerala and western districts of Tamilnadu. The revenue from railway stations of western Tamilnadu, especially Coimbatore, was used to develop Railway stations in Kerala, which some saw as unfair. Because of this, protests arose in Tamilnadu to form new railway division with Coimbatore as its headquarters. Ultimately, a new Salem railway division was carved out of the Palakkad railway division in 2006 with Salem as its headquarters. The city falls under the Salem Division of the Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The major railway station is the Coimbatore Junction which is the second-largest income generating station in the Southern Railway zone, after Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station and is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.[2][3][4] Other major railway stations catering to the city include Coimbatore North Junction, Podanur Junction and minor stations at Peelamedu, Singanallur, Irugur Junction, Perianaikanpalayam, Thudiyalur, Madukkarai, Somanur and Sulur.[5][6][7]

Background[edit]

It is one of the major train stations in South India and the second busiest and revenue yielding railway station in Tamil Nadu after Chennai Central.[8] It is one of the A1 graded station in the Southern Railway.[9] This station comes under the jurisdiction of Salem division of Southern Railways and contributes to 45% of the revenues of the zone.[10][11] It is one of the top booking stations in India according to Indian Railways.[12] Chennai Egmore, Coimbatore Junction and Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station are the most profitable stations of Southern Railways.

Lines[edit]

The station is a junction formed by the following 4 lines:

Suburban stations[edit]

The other stations serving Coimbatore include Coimbatore North Junction (CBF), Podanur Junction (PTJ), Irugur Junction (IGU), Madukkarai (MDKI), peelamedu (PLMD), Singanallur (SHI), Sulur (SUU), Perianaikanpalayam (PKU), Thudiyalur(TDE) and Somanur (SNO).[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IR History – Early days". IRFCA. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Railways in Coimbatore". raac.co.in. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Coimbatore Junction neglected". The Hindu. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Trains to be diverted near Coimbatore". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 January 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Podanur Junction". Indian Rail Info. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. ^ Palaniappan, V.S. (11 June 2012). "Will Coimbatore's gain be Podanur's loss?". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ "India's biggest and most popular railway stations".
  9. ^ "'Facelift for Coimbatore Rly junction soon'". Business Line. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Railways in Coimbatore". raac.co.in. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Coimbatore Junction neglected". The Hindu. 31 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Route KM-Statewise" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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