Nagercoil-Tirunelveli railway line

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Nagercoil-Tirunelveli railway line
Nagercoil Junction Railway Station.JPG
Main Building of the Nagercoil Junction station
Overview
Native name நாகர்கோவில்-திருநெல்வேலி ரயில் பாதை
Type Regional rail
Light rail
System Electrified
Status Operational
Locale Tamilnadu
Termini Nagercoil Junction (NCJ)
Tirunelveli Junction (TEN)
Stations 9
Services 1
Website Southern Railway
Operation
Opened 1981; 37 years ago (1981)[1]
Owner Southern Railway zone
Operator(s) Thiruvananthapuram
Madurai
Rolling stock WAP-1, WAP-4 electric locos; WDS-6, WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDP-4 and WDG-3A, WDG-4
Technical
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)[2]
Electrification Overhead catenary
Operating speed 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph)[3]
Route map
km
Up arrowto Vanchi Maniyachchi Junction
0 Tirunelveli Junction
Left arrowto Tenkasi Junction
Right arrowto Tiruchendur
MDU
TVC
limits
4 Melappalaiyam
16 Sengulam
30 Nanguneri
36 Dalapathy Samudram
43 Valliyur
51 North Panakudi
61 Aralvaymoli
65 Tovalai
74
0
Nagercoil Junction
4 Suchindram
16 Kanyakumari
79 Nagercoil Town
85 Viranialur
92 Eraniel
101 Palliyadi
107 Kulitthurai
110 Kuzhuthurai West
Tamil Nadu
Kerala
117 Parassala
121 Dhanuvachapuram
126 Amaravila Halt
128 Neyyattinkara
132 Balaramapuram
137 Nemom
145 Thiruvananthapuram Central
Down arrowto Kollam Junction
Foundation Stone

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[3].

History and timeline[edit]

  • 1955-56:- Survey for this line was sanctioned.[4]
  • 1964-65:- The survey completed.[5].
  • 6 September 1972:- The inauguration of the construction project by the then Prime minister Mrs.Indira Gandhi. [6]
  • 1981:- The line have been opened to traffic.[1].

Stations[edit]

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[7] is shown below.

Sl. No Station Name Category[8] (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
9 Tirunelveli Junction

**Note:-

  1. Stations with blue background - Stations generating Rs. 2,00,00,000(Rs. 2 Crore) or more in a financial year.
  2. 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[9].

Electrification & track doubling[edit]

The section is fully electrified. Track doubling work is in progress[10] and expected to finished in 2022.[11]

Rail Traffic[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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