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
Location State Bank Road, Coimbatore, Tamil nadu
Coordinates 10°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
Elevation 411.2 metres (1,349 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Southern Railway zone
Line(s) Chennai - Coimbatore line
Coimbatore–Shoranur line
Coimbatore - Mettupalayam line
Coimbatore - Pollachi line
Platforms 6
Tracks 20
Connections Bus, Taxi Stand, Auto
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Functional
Station code CBE
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Salem
Opened 1861; 157 years ago (1861)
Electrified Yes
Passengers 50,000/day[citation needed]
Coimbatore Junction is located in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore Junction
Coimbatore Junction
Location within Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore–Shoranur line
to Erode 
18 Irugur Junction
7 Podanur Junction
National Highway 209 National Highway 209 (India) 
000 Coimbatore Main
3Coimbatore North
 State Highway India.png State Highway 162
 to Pollachi
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
(narrow gauge)
 National Highway 209 (India) National Highway 209
4 Madukkarai
9 Ettimadai
Tamil Nadu
18 Walayar
22 Chullimada
29 Kanjikode
 Malampuzha River
37 Kottekad
44 Palakkad Junction
 Road marker IN NH.svg National Highway 213
 to Pollachi
52 Parli
60 Mankara
67 Lakkidi
71 Palappuram
75 Ottappalam
82 Mannanur
to Cochin Harbour
88 Shoranur Junction
to Nilambur
to Mangalore

Coimbatore Junction, also known as Coimbatore Main is the primary railway station serving Coimbatore city.


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 Chennai Central 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]


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 Chennai Central are the most profitable stations of Southern Railways.


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]


  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". 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". 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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