Nilambur–Shoranur railway line

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Nilambur–Shoranur railway line
Overview
Type Light rail
System Southern Railway
Status Operational
Locale Malappuram , Palakkad
Termini Shoranur
Nilambur
Stations 11
Services 7
Operation
Opening 1921
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway
Technical
Line length 66 km
Track gauge Broad gauge
Operating speed 65 km/h between SRR and MLTR and 50 km/h between MLTR and NIL.
Route map
0km / 0 hourShoranur Junction
4km / 0:16Vadanamkurishshi
10km / 0:22Vallapuzha
15km / 0:36Kulukkallur
Mappattukara Rail Bridge
20km / 0:44Cherukara
National Highway 213 (India)
27km / 0:54Angadipuram
32km / 1:07Pattikkad
39km / 1:17Melattur
45km / 1:25Tuvvur
51km / 1:32Thodiyappulam
55km / 1:38Vaniyambalam
66km / 1:50Nilambur Road

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 km 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 km away from Malappuram town.[2]

Stations[edit]

No. Station Name[3] Station Code [3] Coordinates
1 Shornur 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

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.

Train timings[edit]


Towards Nilambur
Sl No Train Number Train Name Starting Ending Connection Trains
1 16349 Trivandrum Central–Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Link Exp. 22:30 From TVC SRR Dep 06:00 NIL Arr 07:25 hrs
2 56611 Palakkad Jn.––Nilambur Road 05:45 AM Palakkad SRR Dep 07:00 NIL Arr 8.40 hrs TCR-CLT Passenger
3 56613 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 9.20 NIL Arr 10.55 hrs ERS-CAN Intercity Express,CAN-ERS/ALLP Exp
4 56362 Ernakulam Jn– Nilambur Road ERS Dep 07.30 hrs SRR Dep 11:30,NIL Arr 13.05 hrs TVM-CLT Janshadabdi Express
5 56617 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 15.05 hrs NIL Arr 16.40 hrs SRR-TVC Venad Express, NCJ-MAQ Parasuram ExpressMS Egmore-MAQ Link Exp
6 56619 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 17.10 hrs NIL Arr 18.55 hrs TVC–LTT Nethravathi,MAQ-CBE Intercity
7 56621 Shoranur Jn.–Nilambur Road SRR Dep 19:30 hrs NIL Arr 21:10 hrs. CBE-TCR Passenger,ERS/ALP-CAN Executive Exp,MAQ-Chennai Mail
Towards Shoranur
Sl No Train Number Train Name Starting Ending Connection Trains
1 56612 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 6.50hrs SRR Arr 8.30hrs CAN-ERS/ALP Executive Exp,ERS-CAN Exp,ALLP-Dhanbad Exp.
2 56614 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 9.10 SRR Arr 10.50 MAQ-NCJ Parasuram Express HYD-TVC Sabari Exp,TVC-CLT JS,
3 56616 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn. NIL Dep 11.20 hrs SRR Arr 13.00 hrs SRR-TVC Venad ExpressHyderabad Sabari Exp,CBE MEMU, NDLS-Mangala Exp.
4 56363 Nilambur Road–Ernakulam Jn. NIL Dep 14.55 hrs ERS Arr 19:50 hrs TVC-Lokamanya Tilak Netravati ExpressMAQ-CBE Intercity Exp,CAN-ERS Exp
5 56610 Nilambur Road–Palakkad Jn. NIL Dep 17.00 hrs PGT Arr:20.45 Connects MAQ-Chennai Mail,CBE-TCR Passenger,ALLP/ERS-CAN Exp at SRR and many mainline trains at PGT.
6 56620 Nilambur Road–Shoranur Jn NIL Dep 19:15 hrs SRR Arr 21:00 hrs. Connects CAN-YPR Exp,MAQ-Chennai Exp,MAQ-TVC Express
7 16350 Nilambur Road-Trivandrum Central Rajya Rani Link Express NIL Dep 20:40 hrs TVC Arr 06:20 hrs.

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.

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