Mangalore Central railway station

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Mangaluru Central
Regional rail and Light rail station
Mangalore railway station.JPG
Location Old Kent Road, Hampankatta, Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
India
Coordinates 12°51′48″N 74°50′36″E / 12.8634°N 74.8433°E / 12.8634; 74.8433Coordinates: 12°51′48″N 74°50′36″E / 12.8634°N 74.8433°E / 12.8634; 74.8433
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Southern Railway zone
Platforms 4
Tracks 14
Connections Bus stand, Taxicab stand, Auto rickshaw stand
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Yes
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code MAQ
Zone(s) SR
Division(s) Palakkad
History
Opened 1907; 111 years ago (1907)
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
Southern Railway Terminus
Terminus Southern Railway
Location
Mangalore Central is located in Karnataka
Mangalore Central
Mangalore Central
Location within Karnataka

Mangaluru Central (Station code: MAQ) is the main railway terminus in the city of Mangaluru. It is one of the major railway stations in the Karnataka state.

Location[edit]

Mangalore Central railway station is located at Old Kent road, Hampankatta. The other major railway station in the city, Mangalore Junction located at Darbar Hill, Padil, Mangalore 575007.[1]

Background[edit]

Rail connectivity in Mangalore was established in 1907. A metre gauge railway track, built through the Western Ghats, connected Mangalore with Hassan. The metre gauge track was converted to a broad gauge track connecting Mangalore to Bangalore via Hassan. The re-gauged track was opened to freight traffic in May 2006[2] and passenger traffic in December 2007.[3] The track network in the Mangalore area is based on a triangular pattern, with Mangalore Central, Mangalore Junction and the Netravati River railway bridge at the vertices of the triangle. A railway siding leads from Mangalore Central to the historic old Railway Goods-Shed in the old Port, Bunder area of Mangalore city. For a year 1929–1930 the longest running train in undivided India originated from Mangalore Central. This was The Grand Trunk Express from Mangalore to Peshawar. The train covered the distance from Mangalore to Peshawar on the Khyber Pass in 104 hours. After 1930 the route of the Grand Trunk Express was curtailed and the train originated from Mettupalayam, Coimbatore.[4]The residents of Mangalore wants their district railway jurisdiction to be handed over to South Western Railway from the existing Palakkad division in Southern Railway.

Services[edit]

Trains from here connect the city to prominent state capitals of India like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram (via Southern Railway), Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad (via Konkan Railways) and so forth.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name changed". The Hindu. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mangalore -Hassan rail line open for freight traffic". The Hindu Business Line. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Bangalore-Mangalore train service from December 8". The Hindu. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.irfca.org/~shankie/famoustrains/famtraingt.htm
  5. ^ "The Beginning". Konkan Railway Corporation Limited. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Southern Railway to operate special trains". The Hindu. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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