Thiruvananthapuram railway division

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Thiruvananthapuram Railway Division
Thiruvananthapuram Central Station main building.
Locale Kerala, Tamil Nadu
Dates of operation 2 October 1979; 36 years ago (1979-10-02)
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC 50 Hz
Headquarters Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Thiruvananthapuram railway division is part of Southern Railway Zone of India. Its headquarters is in Thiruvananthapuram. The division was formed along with Bangalore railway division. It was the 53rd division in the country.


The division was formed on 2 October 1979 followed by formation of Bangalore railway division. It was the 53rd division in the country.[1]


Shunting Yard of Thiruvananthapuram Central

It has about 625 kilometres (388 mi) of route length in Kerala and Tamil Nadu from Vallathol Nagar to Melappalaiyam (Tirunelveli district) and carries over 1.65 lakh passengers daily.[2] The doubling of track between Kayamkulam- Quilon completed in 1996 and between Quilon-Trivandrum in 2000. Electrification between Ernakulam & Trivandrum via Kottayam and Alleppey completed in 2006. Electrification of Trivandrum - Nagercoil - Tirunelveli and Nagercoil- Kanyakumari completed in 2012. Doubling of Trivandrum - Nagercoil is awaiting sanction from railway ministry. Third and fourth rail line survey of Ernakulam - Thrissur - Shoranur was announced in rail budget. Shabari Rail from Angamali to Erumeli and its extension to Trivandrum via Punalur was also announced in rail budget.

Trivandrum-Nagercoil Section[edit]

  • Total Nagercoil-Trivandrum Section km = 71.05
  • Line capacity of Trivandrum-Nagercoil Section : 114.1%
  • Maximum Permissible speed of Trivandrum-Nagercoil Section : 80 km/h
  • Total Stations =13
  • Block Station =6
  • CNC Station = 1
  • Halt Station =6
  • Critical Block Section = Eraniel - Nagercoil
  • Station km = 272.62

Nagercoil - Tirunelveli section[edit]

  • Total Nagercoil - Tirunelveli Section km = 73.29
  • Line capacity of Nagercoil - Tirunelveli Section : 110%
  • Maximum Permissible speed of Nagercoil - Tirunelveli Section : 90 km/h
  • Total Stations =7
  • Block Station =5
  • CNC Station = 0
  • Halt Station =2
  • Critical Block Section = Vallioor - Nanguneri

Nagercoil - Kanyakumari Section[edit]

  • Total Nagercoil - Kanyakumari Section km = 15.51
  • Line capacity of Nagercoil - Kanyakumari Section : 77%
  • Maximum Permissible speed of Nagercoil - Kanyakumari Section : 75 km/h
  • Total Stations =2
  • Block Station =1
  • CNC Station = 0
  • Halt Station =1

Terminal facilities[edit]

Thiruvananthapuram railway division has the credit of building and maintaining highest number of passenger terminals in any railway division within southern railway. Passenger terminals are built at Thiruvananthapuram central, Ernakulam, Nagercoil, Alleppey and Kochuveli. New passenger terminals proposed at Kanyakumari, Nemom and Kottayam.

List of railway stations and towns[edit]

The list includes the stations under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division and their station category.[3][4]

Category of station No. of stations Names of stations
A-1 Category 3 Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction, Thrissur
A Category 10 Alappuzha, Ernakulam Town , Aluva, Chengannur , Kanniyakumari , Kayamkulam Junction, Kollam Junction, Kottayam, Nagercoil Junction, Tiruvalla
B Category - -
C Category
(Suburban station)
- -
D Category - -
E Category - -
F Category
Halt Station
- -
Total - -

Stations closed for Passengers -

MEMU/suburban trains[edit]

A MEMU train near Kollam MEMU Shed

A MEMU shed for Kollam was proposed in 2008's Indian Railway Budget. Kollam MEMU CarShed was formally commissioned on 1 December 2013, five years after its completion.[5] Kollam MEMU Shed is the largest MEMU Shed in Kerala, which is equipped with most modern facilities. A new suburban corridor proposed by Railways between Thiruvananthapuram and Haripad/ Chengannur via Kollam, for which MRVC is tasked to conduct study and submit report.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kerala district gazetteers, Volume 2 (1962). Kerala district gazetteers. Printed by the Superintendent of Govt. Presses, 1962. 
  2. ^ Kerala Development Report. Academic Foundation, 2008 Government of India Planning Commission. 2008. p. 480. ISBN 9788171885947. 
  3. ^ "Statement showing Category-wise No.of stations in IR based on Pass. earning of 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "PASSENGER AMENITIES - CRITERIA= For Categorisation Of Stations" (PDF). Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  5. ^ MEMU Maintenance Work Begins in Kollam Kollam MEMU Shed

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