Manamadurai–Rameswaram branch line

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Manamadurai–Rameswaram branch line
Overview
Type Express train
Passenger train
Status Operating
Termini Manamadurai Junction
Rameswaram
Website www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in
Operation
Owner Indian Railways
Operator(s) Southern Railway zone
Technical
Line length 161 km (100 mi)
Number of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Loading gauge 4,725 mm × 3,660 mm (15 ft 6.0 in × 12 ft 0.1 in) (BG)[1]
Electrification No
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
km
Up arrowto Dindigul Junction
0 Madurai Junction
Left arrowto Bodinayakkanur
LowerLeft arrowto Virudhunagar Junction
4 Madurai East
12 Silaiman
21 Tiruppuvanam
32 Tiruppachetti
41 Rajagambiram
UpperRight arrowto Karaikkudi Junction
48 Manamadurai Junction
LowerLeft arrowto Virudhunagar Junction
58 Sudiyur
72 Paramakudi
92 Sattirakudi
107 Ramanathapuram
116 Valantaravai
127 Uchippuli
131 Pirappanvalasai
141 Mandapam Camp
144 Mandapam
Pamban Bridge
over Palk Strait
Down arrow Pamban Island
151 Pamban Junction
161 Rameswaram
180 Dhanushkodi

The Manamadurai–Rameswaram branch line is a branch railway line in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The line starts at Manamadurai and ends at Rameswaram.

History[edit]

The Madras Railway laid the metre gauge lines viz. ManamaduraiMandapam line in 1902, Mandapam–Pamban line in 1914, Pamban–Rameswaram line in 1906 and Pamban–Dhanushkodi line in 1908.[2]

During 1964 Rameshwaram Cyclone, the Pamban–Dhanushkodi section was completely damaged and was dismantled afterwards. The Manamadurai–Rameshwaram section was converted to broad gauge in 2007.[2]

Future[edit]

There are plans to build a rail-cum-road bridge or tunnel from India to Sri Lanka. It would be built via Rameshwaram or Dhanushkodi.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J S Mundrey (2010). Railway Track Engineering (Fourth ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-07-068012-8. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Southern Railways - Madurai railway division" (PDF). Southern Railways, India. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Explained: A new line". The Indian Express. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  4. ^ "Mythic link to Lanka may become a reality". www.mydigitalfc.com. Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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