Nagercoil-Tirunelveli railway line
|Nagercoil-Tirunelveli railway line|
Main Building of the Nagercoil Junction station
|Native name||நாகர்கோவில்-திருநெல்வேலி ரயில் பாதை|
Nagercoil Junction (NCJ)|
Tirunelveli Junction (TEN)
|Owner||Southern Railway zone|
|Rolling stock||WAP-1, WAP-4 electric locos; WDS-6, WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDP-4 and WDG-3A, WDG-4|
|Line length||73 kilometres (45 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Loading gauge||4,725 mm × 3,660 mm (15 ft 6.0 in × 12 ft 0.1 in) (BG)|
|Operating speed||100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)|
The Nagercoil-Tirunelveli railway line connects the cities of Tirunelveli and Nagercoil in the state of Tamilnadu in Southern Railway zone. Thiruvananthapuram-Nagercoil-Kanyakumari railway line and Tirunelveli-Nagercoil construction projects were inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 6 September 1972. The maximum speed of trains running between Tirunelveli to Nagercoil is 100 km per hour.
History and timeline
- 1955-56:- Survey for this line was sanctioned.
- 1964-65:- The survey completed..
- 6 September 1972:- The inauguration of the construction project by the then Prime minister Mrs.Indira Gandhi. 
- 1981:- The line have been opened to traffic..
There are 9 railway stations along the stretch. The major stations are Nagercoil Junction, Aralvaymoli, Valliyur, Nanguneri and Tirunelveli Junction. The details of the railway stations with annual earnings in 2016-2017 is shown below.
|Sl. No||Station Name||Category (based on Earnings 2011-12)||Earnings during 2016-17||Total no. of passengers booked during 2016-17 (in INR)||Pass per day||Daily average earnings during 2016-17 (in INR)|
|1||Nagercoil Junction (NCJ)||NSG 3/A||464332656||2380085||6521||1272144|
|2||Tovalai (THX)||HG 3/F||215745||16509||45||591|
|3||Aralvaymoli (AAY)||NSG 6/E||3572159||44755||123||9787|
|4||North Panakudi (NPK)||NSG 6/E||1479006||18464||51||4052|
|5||Valliyur (VLY)||NSG 5/D||73942307||264688||725||202582|
|6||Nanguneri (NNN)||NSG 5/D||15122696||104161||285||41432|
|7||Sengulam (SGLM)||NSG 6/E||96070||1819||5||263|
|8||Melappalaiyam (MP)||HG 3/F||191390||11225||31||524|
- Stations with blue background - Stations generating Rs. 2,00,00,000(Rs. 2 Crore) or more in a financial year.
- The criteria for categorization of stations have now been revised to include footfalls at the station. The stations have been clubbed into three groups -- Non-suburban (NS), Suburban (S) and Halt (H). These groups have further been put in grades ranging from NSG 1-6, SG 1-3 and HG 1-3, respectively.
Electrification & track doubling
Around 45 trains running through this line including super-fast, express and passenger services. More trains are expected to be introduced along the route with the completion of track doubling.
- "Railway Budget speech 1982-83" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. Government of India, Ministry of Railways. 23 February 1982.
- J S Mundrey (2010). Railway Track Engineering (Fourth ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-07-068012-8. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
- "The Trivandrum division has also decided to increase the speed of trains". The Hindu. Nagercoil. 4 December 2013.
- "Railway Budget speech 1956-57" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. Government of India, Ministry of Railways. 23 February 1956.
- "Railway Budget speech 1965-66" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. Government of India, Ministry of Railways. 18 February 1965.
- "Railway Budget speech 1973-74" (PDF). www.indianrailways.gov.in. Government of India, Ministry of Railways. 20 February 1973.
- "Southern Railway - Annual originating passengers & earnings for the year 2016-17" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "Minister of Railways directs to re-categorize railway stations taking into account earnings, passenger footfall, strategic importance". pib.nic.in.
- "Railways revise station categories to improve services". The Economic Times.
- "Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari doubling to begin on Jan 23". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram. 12 January 2018.
- "Railways begin doubling work". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram. 24 January 2018.