Perambur railway station

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Coordinates: 13°06′28″N 80°14′41″E / 13.107701°N 80.244806°E / 13.107701; 80.244806

Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways.
Perambur Railway Station.jpg
Perambur railway station, with a view of the Perambur flyover
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s) West, West North and West South lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Mumbai-Chennai line
Platforms 4
Tracks 5
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Other information
Station code PER
Fare zone Southern Railways
Electrified 29 November 1979[1]
Previous names Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway
Passengers (2013) 40,000/day[2]

Perambur railway station is in Perambur, North Chennai, in the Chennai Beach\Chennai CentralArakkonam section of the Chennai Suburban Railway network. Perambur is also served by two other railway stations—Perambur Carriage Works and Perambur Loco Works. Most of the suburban trains passing through this station halt here, and some of the long distance trains too, have a stoppage at this station.[3] Dibrugarh - Yeshvantpur express is a unique train for Perambur railway station, as this train neither touches Chennai Central nor Chennai Egmore, nor has a stop at any other station within Chennai[4]


Platform 1 at the station

Perambur railway station is the second oldest railway station in the city after Royapuram railway station. The station was built in the 1860s to cater to employees at Southern Railway's locomotive, carriage, wagon, and coach-buisadfsadflding workshops.[2] The lines at the station were electrified on 29 November 1979, with the electrification of the Chennai Central–Tiruvallur section.[1]

The station[edit]

The station is the fifth largest station in Chennai, after Chennai Central, Egmore, Tambaram, and Mambalam in terms of commuter traffic. As of 2013, the station is being used by about 40,000 commuters every day.[2][5] About 140 suburban services and 29 long-distance trains halt at the station. Presently, the station has only one entrance to the northern side.[2]

This is the first station India with air conditioner facility.


Southern Railway's workshop is located here. This workshop was established in the year 1856 to serve the erstwhile Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Company. It was a combined Locomotive, Carriage and Wagon POH & Coach building workshop and later bifurcated in 1932 to deal with Carriage & Wagon POH activity only, shifting the Locomotive overhaul activity to the new Loco workshop which was built adjacent to the original workshop. These two workshops are served by Perambur Carriage Works and Perambur Loco Works stations respectively. In 1951 the Southern Railway was formed by integrating the erstwhile South Indian Railway company, Madras & Southern Mahratta Railway Company, and Mysore State Railway with all their workshops and assets.


A view of the station towards west
A view of the station towards east

When the ICF shell division was started, furnishing works were done at this works for the new shells turned out by ICF. This activity was done from 1956 to 1963, until ICF furnishing division came out. From 1965 onwards the main activity of Carriage & Wagon POH were started and POH of Air conditioned coaches are being under taken since 1954.

Perambur, incidentally, is a designated for a number of express/super-fast trains destined to Chennai Central. Perambur is the fifth largest station in Chennai in terms of volume of passengers handles after Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram and Mambalam.[citation needed]

Railways in Perambur is also noteworthy because of the visit of the Father of our Nation (India) Mahatma Gandhi in 1933.[6]


In 2013, the station was being revamped at a cost of 12 million, with the work being expected to be completed in 6 months. As of 2013, work on extension of two platforms (platform nos. 2 and 3) is being undertaken to make them suitable for 12-compartment trains. Presently, these platforms can accommodate only nine-compartments trains. There is a new subway coming up in the east end of the station to ease the commuters.[2]

Exclusive two-wheeler and car-parking facility have also been planned on 6,000 sq m. More water taps and coolers, seating arrangement, refreshment outlets and better illumination are part of the renovation. About 220 light will be installed. The dilapidated Government Railway Police (GRP) station will be shifted to a new building close to the station, and each platform will have a police help desk.[2] Since April 2014, a new help desk for enquiries regarding arrival and departure of trains and filing cases against thefts, the first of its kind in a suburban railway station in the city, started functioning at the station.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Madhavan, D. (3 April 2013). "Perambur railway station to get more entrances, shelters, lights". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 6 Apr 2013. 
  3. ^ " - Trains at Perambur". erail. Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Schedule of Yeshvantpur-Dibrugarh Express". trainenquiry. Indian Railways. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Go northwest, but don't take a train". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013. 
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  7. ^ Madhavan, D. (13 April 2014). "Help desk at Perambur railway station". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 28 December 2014.