West Line, Chennai Suburban

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West Line, Chennai Suburban
Overview
Type Suburban railway
System Chennai Suburban Railway
Status Operational
Termini Chennai Central (Madras Central)
Jolarpet
Stations 57
Operation
Operator(s) Southern Railway (India)
Depot(s) Avadi
Technical
Line length 213 kilometres (132 mi) (69 km Suburban and 144 km MEMU)
Track length 526 kilometres (327 mi)
Number of tracks 4 (till Tiruvallur) 3 (till Arakkonam) 2 (till Jolarpet)
Track gauge Broad Gauge
Operating speed 90 km/h (maximum service speed)
West Line, Chennai Suburban
Chennai Central MMC — Jolarpet
Park Town(Interchange with MRTS)
Chennai Park(Interchange with Suburban)
Chennai Central(Interchange with Metro line 1)
Chennai Central(Interchange with Metro line 2)
0 Chennai Central MMC
2 Basin Bridge
4 Vyasarpadi Jeeva
5.6 Perambur
6 Perambur Carriage Works
8 Perambur Loco Works
9 Villivakkam
12 Padi
13 Anna Nagar
12 Korattur
Tirumangalam (Interchange with Metro Line 2)
14 Pattaravakkam
15 Ambattur
17 Thirumullaivoyal
18 Annanur
21 Avadi
24 Hindu College
28 Pattabiram Military Siding
29 Pattabiram Military Siding Engineering Depot
25 Pattabiram
29 Thiruninravur
32 Veppampattu
36 Sevvapet Road
Puttlur
42 Tiruvallur
45 Egattur
Kadambattur
Senjipanambakkam
54 Manavur
58 Thiruvalangadu
Mosur
Puliyamangalam
69 Arakkonam
See West North and South West Lines
Melpakam
76 Chitteri
80 Anavardhikhanpettai
86 Mahendravady
90 Sholinghur
94 Thalangai
98 Marudhalam
105 Walajah Road
112 Mukundarayapuram
118 Thiruvalam
124 Seevur
129 Katpadi
See West South Line
137 Latteri
143 Virinchipuram
148 Kavanoor
154 Gudiyatham
159 Mel-Alattur
164 Valathoor
170 Melpadi
176 Pachchakuppam
182 Ambur
186 Ambur Vaniyambadi Block Hut
189 Vinnamangalam
193 Vinnamangalam Vaniyambadi Block Hut
198 Vaniyambadi
202 Vaniyambadi Kettandapatti Block Hut
206 Kettandapatti
213 Jolarpet

The West line of Chennai Suburban Railway is the second longest line running west from Chennai Central (Madras Central) till Jolarpet covering a distance of 213 km. Suburban services terminate at Arakkonam and MEMU serives run till Jolarpet. As of 2009, around 400,000 commuters travel every day on the 171 suburban services operated in the Arakonam-Chennai section.[1]

Sections[edit]

Chennai Central (Madras Central) - Tiruvallur[edit]

  • This section has 2 dedicated lines for suburban train operations and 2 main lines.
  • Some fast local EMUs are operated along 3rd and 4th main lines during peak hours .
  • 9-car EMU's are only operated in this sector. 12-car EMU's are to be operated in the future.
  • 5th and 6th rail lines are planned.

Tiruvallur - Arakkonam[edit]

  • Suburban trains operate in the 2 main lines.
  • 3rd railway track was completed and opened for cargo traffic in 2010 and is yet to be opened for passenger traffic. [2]
  • 4th railway track is under construction.
  • 9-car EMU's are operated in this sector.

Arakkonam - Katpadi[edit]

  • No Suburban EMU trains operate in this section of west line.
  • Only 1 MEMU Service operated from Chennai Central to Katpadi.

Katpadi - Jolarpet[edit]

  • MEMU operates between Arakkonam and Jolarpet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New tracks to speed up suburban trains". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 10 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ S. Vydhianathan. "Thiruvallur-Arakkonam third BG line awaiting clearance". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 January 2014.