Venad Express

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Venad Express
Overview
Current operator(s) Indian Railway
Route
Start Shoranur
Stops 29
End Trivandrum Central
Distance travelled 327 km (203 mi)
Average journey time 7 hours 50 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 16301 / 16302
On-board services
Class(es) AC chair car, first class, second sitting
Seating arrangements Yes
Catering facilities Yes
Observation facilities Large windows
Technical
Rolling stock 7
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Route map
Venad Express (Shoranur - Trivandrum) Route map.jpg

The Venad Express (Malayalam: വേണാട് എക്സ്പ്രസ്സ്‌) is an express train which runs daily between Shoranur Junction and Trivandrum Central via Kottayam. It is numbered 16301 (from Shoranur Junction to Trivandrum Central) and 16302 (from Trivandrum Central to Shoranur Junction).

History[edit]

Venad Express was introduced in 1972 by Southern Railways. The train used the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge track between Trivandrum Central and Ernakulam. It was hauled by diesel engines. The train from Trivandrum Central started at 5.30 am and reached Ernakulam Junction by 9.30 am. On the return direction the train leaves Ernakulam Junction at 17:15pm and reached Trivandrum Central by 21:30 pm. In 1976 the tracks were converted to broad gauge and the broad gauge train was introduced.[1] The train had a green livery initially. The train was later extended to Shoranur after some years and timings were also revised. Venad Express is one of the oldest daily Intercity trains in Kerala and one of the most popular trains to travel between Trivandrum, the state capital, and Ernakulam (Kochi), the most cosmopolitan city in the state. In the 1980s Indian Railways introduced double-decker coaches for the Venad Express. But railways later withdrew the double decker compartments due to operational issues.

Name[edit]

The name Venad came from an old dynasty Venad Swarupam that ruled over Quilon and Thiruvananthapuram, headquartered in Quilon(Kollam)

Frequency[edit]

This train runs daily. Train no. 16301 departs Shoranur Junction at 14:25 hrs and reaches Trivandrum Central at 22:20 hrs. Train no. 16302 departs Trivandrum Central at 05:00 hrs and reaches Shoranur Junction at 12:45 hrs. It covers a distance of 327 kilometres (203 mi) in each direction and takes 7 hours and 50 minutes.

Venad Express links the major commercial hubs in Kerala including Thrissur, Alwaye, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Kayamkulam, Kollam with Trivandrum. It is a very popular commuter train used by daily office-goers. The train is generally fully booked even during holidays.

Coach composition[edit]

The rake has 16 unreserved coaches, a second-class sitting coach, an AC chair car coach, a pantry car and 2 SLR (seating cum luggage rake) cars making a total of 23 coaches. One unreserved and one SLR car are exclusively for ladies.

Advance reservation is available only in two compartments. Seats can be reserved through IRCTC website or from railway station. Venad Express also has a first class coach. Other coaches can be boarded with an unreserved ticket.

Rake/Coach Composition[edit]

LOCO UR SLR UR UR UR UR UR UR UR UR UR UR PC UR

(Ladies)

D1 C1 UR UR UR UR SLR/

Ladies

SLR - Sitting cum Luggage Rake

UR - Unreserved

D - Second Sitting

C - AC Chair Car

PC - Pantry Car

Schedule[edit]

Train number 16301 (Shoranur Junction to Trivandrum Central)[edit]

Station Arrival Departure Distance (km) Halts
Shornur Junction Source 14:20 0
Wadakkanchery 14:39 14:40 17 1 min
Thrissur 14:54 14:57 33 3 min
Irinjalakuda 15:18 15:20 57 2 min
Chalakudy 15:28 15:30 63 2 min
Divine Nagar 15:33 15:35 66 2 min
Angamaly 15:47 15:48 79 1 min
Aluva 15:58 16:00 88 2 min
Ernakulam Town (North) 16:23 16:25 105 2 min
Ernakulam Junction (South) 17:00 17:10 107 10 min
Tripunithura 17:24 17:25 117 1 min
Piravom Road 17:44 17:45 136 1 min
Ettumanur 18:14 18:15 157 1 min
Kottayam 18:20 18:24 167 3 min
Changanassery 18:54 18:55 185 1 min
Tiruvalla 19:04 19:05 193 1 min
Chengannur 19:14 19:15 202 1 min
Mavelikkara 19:27 19:28 214 1 min
Kayamkulam Jn 19:38 19:40 222 2 min
Karunagapally 19:54 19:55 236 1 min
Kollam Jn 20:37 20:40 236 3 min
Paravur 20:51 20:52 275 1 min
Varkala 21:04 21:05 286 1 min
Kadakkavur 21:14 21:15 296 1 min
Chirayinkil 21:19 21:20 299 1 min
Trivandrum Pettah 21:43 21:45 325 2 min
Trivandrum Central 22:10 327

Train number 16302 (Trivandrum Central to Shoranur Junction)[edit]

Station Arrival Departure Distance (km) Halts
Trivandrum Central Source 5:00 0
Thiruvananthapuram Pettah 05:04 05:05 3 1 min
Chiryankil 05:27 05:28 29 1 min
Kadakkavur 05:33 05:34 32 1 min
Varkala 05:44 05:45 41 1 min
Paravur 05:56 05:57 53 1 min
Kollam Jn 06:15 06:18 65 3 min
Karunagapally 06:42 06:43 92 1 min
Kayankulam Jn 06:58 07:00 106 2 min
Mavelikkara 07:09 07:10 114 1 min
Chengannur 07:24 07:25 126 1 min
Tiruvalla 07:34 07:35 135 1 min
Changanassery 07:44 07:45 143 1 min
Kottayam 08:15 08:18 161 3 min
Ettumanur 08:29 08:30 171 1 min
Piravom Road 08:49 08:50 192 1 min
Tripunithura 09:14 09:15 211 1 min
Ernakulam Junction (South) 09:45 09:55 220 10 min
Ernakulam Town (North) 10:02 10:04 223 2 min
Aluva 10:24 10:26 240 2 min
Angamaly 10:35 10:36 249 1 min
Divine Nagar 10:42 10:43 262 1 min
Chalakudy 10:47 10:48 264 1 min
Irinjalakuda 10:57 10:58 271 1 min
Thrissur 11:22 11:25 295 3 min
Wadakkanchery 11:44 11:45 311 1 min
Shornur Junction 12:45 327

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jose, Jimmy (November 28, 2005). "Quilon". IRFCA. Diesel Era In Quilon.