Venad Express

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Venad Express
വേണാട് എക്സ്പ്രസ്സ്‌
Overview
Current operator(s) Indian Railway
Route
Start Shoranur
Stops 27
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 meter gauge track between Trivandrum Central and Ernakulam.It was hauled by Diesel engine.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 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 1980s Indian Railways introduced double-decker coaches in 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 07 hours and 50 minutes.

Venad Express links the major railway stations in Kerala including Thrissur, Alwaye, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Chengannur, 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 Cars making a total of 21 coaches. One unserved and one SLR car are exclusively for ladies.

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

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

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

Fares[edit]

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.

Class Fare
(in rupees)
Unreserved 107
Second Sitting 125
AC - Chair Car 455

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