Mettupalayam railway station

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Mettupalayam
Indian Railways station
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Ooty Passenger (UNESCO Heritage train) at the station
General information
LocationMettupalayam, Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates11°17′56″N 76°56′08″E / 11.2989°N 76.9355°E / 11.2989; 76.9355
Owned byIndian Railways[1]
Line(s)Coimbatore–Mettupalayam line
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Tracks3 electrified broad gauge, 5 narrow gauge
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeMTP
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Salem
Fare zoneSouthern Railway zone
History
Opened1873; 150 years ago (1873)
Electrifiedyes
Location
Mettupalayam is located in India
Mettupalayam
Mettupalayam
Location within India
Mettupalayam is located in Tamil Nadu
Mettupalayam
Mettupalayam
Mettupalayam (Tamil Nadu)

Mettupalayam railway station is a train station located in Mettupalayam, a suburb of Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu, India. Its railway code is MTP. It is one of the important railway stations located in the Coimbatore District,[2] because the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to the hill station of Ooty starts from here. It is the connection between the narrow-gauge Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the broad-gauge main network of Indian Railways.

The station is served by the Salem Division of Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. inauguration of the service, from 15 October 1929, the two through carriages operating between Mangalore and Peshawar (Which was located in India Afghanistan Border then) were restricted to run between Mettupalayam instead of Mangalore as it was more financial viable. The British officer working in northern India could come for resting in Neelagiris using this train.[3][4] Tea Garden Express ran in metre gauge between Udhagamandalam and Mettupalayam and broad gauge between Mettupalayam and Cochin Harbour Terminus.[5] [6] Post Indian independence, the Ooty–Mettupalayam trip was cut off and the train ran as No.565/566 between Cochin Harbour Terminus and Mettupalayam, since the 1970s. #Old Cochin_Mettupalayam Ooty Link of Cochin_Madras Link oo both Direction Train Number 561 573 TimeTable,[7][8] Nilgiri Express termed as Blue Mountain use to cover Madras to Mettupalayam & acts as link to MG Blue Mountain Express for Ooty with through Coach attached to Podanur Calicut Mail. Madras Ooty Through Timings were:- Madras 21.00; Ooty 10.20 & in return:- Ooty 16.30; Madras 05.50. It still exist past NMR UNESCO World Heritage Tag in 1994 with Ooty Mettupalayam Passenger acts as connecting train. Nilgiri Express use to be main portion of Bangalore Mail,[9] Island Express, Malabar Express & Bombay-Coimbatore (Through Coach bifurcate/amalgamate to Madras-Bombay Mail).[10][11]

The Mettupalayam Ooty Mountain train (06136) only departs from Mettupalayam after the arrival of Blue Mountain Express(12671) at Mettupalayam [12]

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Gallery[edit]

Ooty toy train in Mettupalayam railway station Ooty toy train

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[IRFCA] Indian Steam Railway Society Article". www.irfca.org.
  2. ^ Palaniappan, V.S. (15 March 2012). "Associations demand extra coaches in Coimbatore – Mettupalayam train". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "VIII". Report by the Railway board on Indian Railways for 1929-30:Volume I. Calcutta: Central Publication Branch, Government of India. 1930. p. 71.
  4. ^ S. Shankar. "Classic Trains of India". Indian Railways Fan Club Association. Archived from the original on 4 May 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  5. ^ "1931_Mettupalaiyam___Podanur___Madras".
  6. ^ "1955_Madras___Ernakulam_Abstract".
  7. ^ "Brad_60_Apr_p23".
  8. ^ "A trip to Historic Cochin Harbour Terminus Station Ernakulam - Aanavandi Travel Blog".
  9. ^ "1931 Madras - Trivandrum Abstract".
  10. ^ "Interesting Facts to Know About the Nilgiri Express | RailRestro Blog - Food in Train".
  11. ^ "Nilgiri Railway (India) No 944 bis". whc.unesco.org.
  12. ^ "Table 6: Coimbatore - Mettupalayam - Udhagamandalam & #124; Chainage Documents - IRFCA.org". www.irfca.org.