Shoranur Junction railway station

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Shoranur Junction
ഷൊർണൂർ ജംഗ്ഷൻ
Regional rail, Light rail, Commuter rail and Goods railway station
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Shoranur junction
Location Shoranur, Kerala
India
Coordinates 10°45′32″N 76°16′16″E / 10.759°N 76.271°E / 10.759; 76.271Coordinates: 10°45′32″N 76°16′16″E / 10.759°N 76.271°E / 10.759; 76.271
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Southern Railway zone
Line(s) Coimbatore - Shoranur railway line
Shoranur–Cochin Harbour section
Nilambur–Shoranur railway line
Shoranur–Mangalore section
Platforms 7
Tracks 13
Connections Taxi Stand,Auto Service,Shoranur Bus Stand
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking Available
Other information
Station code SRR[1]
History
Opened April 14, 1862; 154 years ago (1862-04-14)
Electrified Yes
Route map
km
Up arrowto Nilambur Road
 Palakkad Junction Right arrow 
Shoranur Junction
 Left arrow Kozhikode 
1 Bharathapuzha Halt
Bharathappuzha
Up arrowPGT limits
Down arrowTVC limits
4 Vallathol Nagar
8 Mullurkara
17 Wadakkanchery
24 Mulankunnathukavu
UpperLeft arrowto Guruvayur
31 Punkunnam
33 Thrissur
40 Ollur
47 Pudukad
Karuvannur River
50 Nellayi
57 Irinjalakuda
63 Chalakudi
Chalakudy River
65 Divine Nagar
69 Koratty
74 Karukutty
78 Angamaly
84 Chovvara
Periyar (river)
88 Aluva
94 Kalamassery
98 Edappally
104 Ernakulam Town
LowerRight arrow to Kottayam
106 Ernakulam C Cabin
107 Ernakulam Junction
Down arrowto Alappuzha

Shoranur Junction is the railway station in Kerala, located at Shoranur, Palakkad District . The station is situated at the junction of four major railway lines - the Nilambur line from the north, Coimbatore line from the east, Cochin Harbour Terminus line from the south and Mangalore line from the North-west. Being the entry point into the Malabar region from the rest of the state, Shoranur is often referred as the gateway to Malabar. It comes under the Palakkad Railway Division of the Southern Railway. Shoranur is the first railway station in Kerala to introduce Clean train station activity, whereby trains stopping at the station for more than 15 minutes would be subjected to mechanized cleaning and garbage removal .[2]Lifts from platforms has also been proposed,As a pilot project She toilet has also been introduced.Baby care unit was opened in Ladies waiting Hall on PF .2/3

History[edit]

The history of Shoranur railway station dates back to the 19th century when the railways first made inroads into Malabar. The station became operational with the opening of Pattambi - Podanur line on 14 April 1862.[3] The importance of the station increased with the opening of the Shoranur - Eranakulam line in 1902. The final addition to the railway infrastructure of Shoranur came with the opening of Nilambur road line in 1927.[4]

Layout[edit]

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There are 7 platforms at the station for handling long and short distance trains.[5] platforms 1 and 2 mainly handles passenger trains originating from the station, while platforms 4,5,6 and 7 caters to long distance express trains. There is only a single terminal which is located towards the northern side of the station.

Location[edit]

The station is located on the Shoranur ring road. The Shoranur Municipal Bus Stand located 500 m away, provides bus services to Ottapalam, Thrissur, Pattambi, Cherpulassery, Chelakkara, Mannarkkad, Perinthalmanna and Kunnamkulam. The second Municipal stand at Kulappully , located 2 km from the station, handles bus services to Palakkad, Guruvayur, Ponnani and Valanchery.

Triangular station[edit]

There is a long-standing demand for an Island station along the link line that bye passes the Shoranur Junction railway station 1 km to the east. Construction of such a station is expected to help the passengers from Malabar access many long distance trains that at present passes through the outskirts of station.[6][7]

Trivia[edit]

  • Shoranur was visited by Swami Vivekananda in 1892 during his Kerala tour. It is believed that the Banyan tree which stands between platform numbers two and three was planted by him after addressing a public gathering.[8]
  • The "Old Cochin bridge" which connected Shoranur to Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur district was the original railway bridge that connected Malabar to The Princely State Of Cochin . With the construction of the current railway bridge, the bridge started to be used exclusively for road transport.[9][10]

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