Tirusulam Railway Station

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Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
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Tirusulam railway station
LocationGrand Southern Trunk Road, Tirusulam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates12°58′23″N 80°10′12″E / 12.97306°N 80.17000°E / 12.97306; 80.17000Coordinates: 12°58′23″N 80°10′12″E / 12.97306°N 80.17000°E / 12.97306; 80.17000
Owned byMinistry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s)South and South West lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Platforms4 (280 m (920 ft))
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
Other information
Station codeTLM
Fare zoneSouthern Railways
Previous namesSouth Indian Railway
Tirusulam is located in Chennai
Location in Chennai
Tirusulam is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu
Tirusulam is located in India
Location in India

The Tirusulam Railway Station is one of the railway stations of the Chennai BeachChengalpattu section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhood of Tirusulam, a suburb of Chennai where the city's airport is located. It is located at a distance of 21 km (13 mi) from Chennai Beach terminus and is situated on the GST Road across the airport, with an elevation of 20 m (66 ft) above sea level.


The station lies in the Chennai Beach–Tambaram section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network, the first suburban section of the city. With the completion of track-lying work in March 1931, which began in 1928, the suburban services were started on 11 May 1931 between Beach and Tambaram, and was electrified on 15 November 1931, with the first MG EMU services running on 1.5 kV DC.[1] The section was converted to 25 kV AC traction on 15 January 1967.[2]


The station has two suburban platforms and another island platform for long-distance mainline trains. Since mainline trains do not halt at the station, the island platform remains unused. The platform is 280 m long and has been considered to be extended to 575 m as there are plans to halt long-distance trains at the station.[3]


The station is connected to the Chennai airport by means of a subway.[4] Despite being situated at the entrance of the airport, the station does not cater to the needs of the air travellers due to the lack of proper approach corridors and other facilities.[5] With the modernisation of Chennai Airport in 2012, several renovation processes are underway in the station.[6] There are also plans to connect the station with the Metro Rail Station at the airport.[7]


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  1. ^ "Electric Traction - I". IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. ^ "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Soon long distance trains may halt at Tirusulam stn". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. ^ Sekar, Sunitha (30 November 2012). "Safety trumps use of Tirusulam subway". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  5. ^ Sreevatsan, Ajai (23 April 2011). "Airport-railway station link planned". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Lack of coordination mars attempts to revamp Tirusulam station". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  7. ^ Janardhanan, Arun (23 September 2011). "Corridor to connect airport with stations". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. Retrieved 15 December 2012.

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