Nilambur–Shoranur railway line

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Nilambur–Shoranur railway line
Nilambur Railway Station.jpg
Nilambur railway station
Overview
Type Light rail
System Southern Railway
Status Operational
Locale Malappuram , Palakkad
Coordinates 11°16′57″N 176°15′04″E / 11.2824°N 176.2511°E / 11.2824; 176.2511Coordinates: 11°16′57″N 176°15′04″E / 11.2824°N 176.2511°E / 11.2824; 176.2511
Termini Nilambur Road (NIL)
Shoranur Junction (SRR)
Stations 11
Services 1
Operation
Opened 1921; 95 years ago (1921)
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway
Technical
Line length 66 kilometres (41 mi)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph)
Route map
Kms
0.0 Nilambur Road
10.6 Vaniyambalam
14.9 Thodiyappulam
19.2 Tuvvur
25.6 Melattur
32.8 Pattikkad
38.4 Angadipuram
National Highway 213 (India)
45.5 Cherukara
Mappattukara Rail Bridge
52.1 Kulukkallur
55.7 Vallapuzha
61.8 Vadanamkurishshi
66.0 Shoranur Junction

The NilamburShoranur railway is a branch line of the Southern Railway Zone in Kerala state and one of the shortest broad gauge railway lines in India.[1] It is a single line with 66 kilometres (41 mi) length running from Shoranur Junction (in Palakkad district) to Nilambur Railway Station (in Malappuram district).[1] This station is 4 km from the town of Nilambur on the KozhikodeOoty highway.[1] Shoranur–Nilambur Road passenger trains are running on this route.[1] It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Malappuram town.[2]

History[edit]

The line was opened in 1927 in stages: from Shoranur to Angadipuram on 3 February, on to Vaniyambalam on 3 August, with completion on 26 October.

Geography[edit]

The line passes through the eastern part of the Malappuram district. The line crosses Kunthippuzha between Kulukkalloor and Cherukara which borders Palakkad and Malappuram districts. Velliyar river, a major tributary of Kadalundi river (between Pattikkad and Melattur), Olippuzha river, another tributary of Kadalundi river (between Melattur and Tuvvur) and Kuthirappuzha, a tributary of Chaliyar river (between Vaniyambalam and Nilambur road) are other major rivers that this line crosses.

No. Station Name[3] Station Code [3] Coordinates
1 Shoranur Junction SRR 10°45′34″N 76°16′20″E / 10.759524°N 76.272237°E / 10.759524; 76.272237
2 Vadanamkurishshi VDKS 10°47′16″N 76°15′10″E / 10.787665°N 76.252691°E / 10.787665; 76.252691
3 Vallapuzha VPZ 10°50′25″N 76°15′09″E / 10.840400°N 76.252420°E / 10.840400; 76.252420
4 Kulukkallur KZC
5 Cherukara CQA 10°55′54″N 76°13′35″E / 10.93169°N 76.226357°E / 10.93169; 76.226357
6 Angadipuram AAM 10°58′52″N 76°12′29″E / 10.981228°N 76.207931°E / 10.981228; 76.207931
7 Pattikkad PKQ 11°01′16″N 76°13′55″E / 11.021027°N 76.232082°E / 11.021027; 76.232082
8 Melattur MLTR 11°03′42″N 76°16′16″E / 11.061734°N 76.271203°E / 11.061734; 76.271203
9 Tuvvur TUV 11°07′14″N 76°16′59″E / 11.120533°N 76.283178°E / 11.120533; 76.283178
10 Thodiyappulam TDPM
11 Vaniyambalam VNB 11°11′18″N 76°15′37″E / 11.188348°N 76.260164°E / 11.188348; 76.260164
12 Nilambur Road NIL 11°16′57″N 76°15′04″E / 11.282541°N 76.251147°E / 11.282541; 76.251147

Services[edit]

Sl No Timing Train Number Train Name
1 6.50 56612 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. Passenger
2 9.10 56614 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. Passenger
3 11.20 56616 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. Passenger
4 14.55 56363 Nilambur Road–Ernakulam Jn Road Passenger
5 17.00 56610 Nilambur Road–Palakkad Road Passenger
6 19.20 6620 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. Passenger
7 20.40 16350 Nilambur Road-Trivandrum Central Rajya Rani Link Express

Future plans[edit]

The Nilambur-Mysore Railway action council has requested for connectivity to Nanjangud with the route becoming a shorter route from Kerala to Bangalore.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

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