Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock

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Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock
Location Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 10°47′36″N 78°42′39″E / 10.7932°N 78.7107°E / 10.7932; 78.7107Coordinates: 10°47′36″N 78°42′39″E / 10.7932°N 78.7107°E / 10.7932; 78.7107
Owner(s) Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Depot code(s) GOC
Type Engine shed
Rolling stock YDM–4, WDM-2, WDP–3A, WDG–3A, WDS–6, WDP–4B, WDP–4D and DEMU (700 Hp and 1400 Hp)
Opened 1975; 42 years ago (1975)

Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock is a engine shed located in Golden Rock, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu in India. It is located north of Ponmalai (Golden Rock) railway station, falling under Tiruchirappalli railway division. Of the four loco sheds in the Southern Railway zone,[1][2] this is the largest among them.[3]

History and developments[edit]

It was on 25 December 1971, the then railway minister K. Hanumanthaiya laid foundation stone for the loco shed and was finally opened in 1975 at an total area of 169,000 square metres (170,000 m2) and covered area of 19,600 square metres (20,000 m2). It initially homed YDM–4 class MG locomotives, and was once expanded in 1993 to hold BG locomotives and again in 2000 to home more than 100 BG locos.[4]


Initially the shed had facilities to serve MG locos only. Upon expansion, the bays and catwalks were converted from meter gauge to broad gauge standards to home BG locos. Later, the shed went for a major expansion of its bays at a cost of 14 crore (US$2.2 million) to undertake maintenance activity for the unconventionally longer high-speed 4,000–Hp and 4,500–Hp EMD locos, which were homed since July 2011, thus becoming the first-of-its-kind shed in India to maintain such high powered locos, which were extensively utilised for both passenger and freight services.[5][6] The shed also houses a Diesel Traction and Training Centre (DTTC), opened on 7 April 1988, to impart theoretical and practical training for the newly recruited Assistant Loco Pilots, Engineers and other technical staffs. The centre only one of its kind in the zone also conducts periodical refresher courses for the in-service staffs of Indian Railways,[3] and also too railway personnels from other countries.[7][8] The DTTC along with Zonal Railway Training Institute (ZRTI), Trichy made a mark by imparting training to women, by which Narayana Vadivu and Jhansi Rani, became the first all women loco crew in the history of Southern Railway zone piloting a goods train on the chord line.[9]


The shed, headed by Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Diesel), has about 750 employees in different ranks in the day-to-day operations of the shed,[6] which include periodical overhaul, maintenance and repair works.[10] The locos of this shed were thoroughly traverses over entire South India for passenger and freight services.[11]

Rolling stock[edit]

The shed homes about 147 diesel locomotives of varied types, which are its primary rolling stock of the shed.[6]

S.No Type (Make) Units
1 ALCO 71
2 EMD 53
3 DEMU 23


The shed was adjudged the best shed among in the Southern Railway zone during 2012–2013. Also it won the "Performance Efficiency Shield" for the fifth time, since its inception in 2004–2005.[3][6]


  1. ^ "Mechanical Engineering - Diesel Loco Sheds, Southern Railway". Indian Railways. Railway Board. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "About us". Southern Railway zone. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c R. Rajaram (25 July 2013). "Golden Rock Loco Shed named the best". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Diesel Loco Shed, Golden Rock - About" (PDF). Indian Railways. Railway Board. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "New bays opened at Golden Rock Diesel Loco Shed". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "New broad gauge bay inaugurated at Golden Rock workshop". The Times of India. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Goldenrock training programme a hit with Sudan railway staff". The Hindu. 17 February 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Divisional Training Centres to come up". The Hindu. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ R. Rajaram (30 September 2013). "Southern Railway deploys women to pilot goods train". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chapter 2 : Assessment, Procurement/ Production, Utilisation and Maintenance of Locomotives in Indian Railways". Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ J Arockiaraj (6 September 2013). "Locomotive failures affecting train operations in Madurai division". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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