Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram trunk line

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Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram trunk line
Kollam Junction railway station - An evening view.jpg
View of the rail line passing through Kollam Junction
Overview
Type Regional rail
System Electrified
Status Operational
Locale Kerala
Termini Kollam Junction (QLN)
Thiruvananthapuram Central (TVC)
Stations 18
Services 1
Website Southern Railway
Operation
Opened 4 January 1918; 99 years ago (1918-01-04)
Owner Southern Railway zone
Operator(s) Thiruvananthapuram
Character At–grade
Depot(s) Kollam
Rolling stock WAP-1, WAP-4 electric locos; WDS-6, WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDP-4 and WDG-3A, WDG-4
Events
Extension upto TVC 1931
Electrification 2006[1]
Technical
Line length 65 kilometres (40 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Loading gauge 4,725 mm × 3,660 mm (15 ft 6.0 in × 12 ft 0.1 in) (BG)[2]
Electrification Overhead catenary
Operating speed 82 kilometres per hour (51 mph)
Route map
km
Up arrowto Kayamkulam Junction
Right arrowto Punalur via Kottarakara
Kallumthazham Overpass
Chemmanmukku Overpass
0 Kollam Junction Bus interchangeParking
Chinnakada Overpass
Left arrowFCI Siding
SP Office Overpass
4 Eravipuram
Arattukulam
9 Mayyanad
Paravur Lake
12 Paravur Parking
Paravur town Overpass
Kilimukkam Lake
17 Kappil
20 Edavai
24 Varkala Sivagiri Parking
Underpass
30 Akathumuri
Anchuthengu Kayal
33 Kadakkavoor
Vamanapuram River
36 Chirayinkeezhu
40 Perunguzhi
Kadinamkulam Lake
43 Murukkampuzha
47 Kaniyapuram
51 Kazhakoottam
54 Veli
Veli Lake
58 Kochuveli
62 Thiruvananthapuram Pettah
65 Thiruvananthapuram CentralAirport interchangeBus interchangeParking
Overpass
Down arrowto Nagercoil Junction

Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram trunk line is a railway line in Southern Railway zone connecting the cities of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, India. The line was opened on 4 January 1918 as the extension of Madras–Quilon line during metre gauge era.

History[edit]

South Indian Railway Company has opened the Quilon–Sengottai railway line in 1902 with an intention to connect Quilon (Kollam), the commercial capital of Travancore with Madras. Great Port of Quilon and the city's commercial reputation has urged the British rulers to connect the city of Quilon with Madras for the smooth transportation of goods including Pepper, Cashew, and spices.[3] Later on 4 January 1918, Thiruvananthapuram South Indian Railway Company has opened the Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram extension up to Chala. The terminus was shifted to Trivandrum Central (Thampanoor) and was inaugurated in 1931.[4]

Administration[edit]

This line falling under the administrative control of Thiruvananthapuram railway division of the Southern Railway zone connects with ThiruvananthapuramKanyakumari line in South, KollamKayamkulam line in North and Kollam–Punalur–Sengottai line in the East.[4][5]

Stations[edit]

No. Station Category
1 Kollam Junction A
2 Eravipuram F
3 Mayyanad E
4 Paravur D
5 Kappil E
6 Edava F
7 Varkala B
8 Akathumuri E
9 Kadakkavoor D
10 Chirayinkeezhu D
11 Perunguzhi F
12 Murukkampuzha E
13 Kaniyapuram E
14 Kazhakoottam D
15 Veli F
16 Kochuveli B
17 Pettah E
18 Thiruvananthapuram Central A1

Economy[edit]

Five stations were prominent lying in between Kollam & Thiruvananthapuram posted well above 1 crore (equivalent to 1.2 crore or US$190,000 in 2016) in annual passenger ticket revenue during the fiscal year of 2012–2013.

No. Station Revenue
1 Paravur Rs. 1,87,22,851
2 Varkala Sivagiri Rs. 5,24,99,240
3 Kadakkavoor Rs. 1,35,09,334
4 Chirayinkeezhu Rs. 2,01,27,938
5 Kochuveli Rs. 5,43,95,996

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail electrification: inspection begins". The Hindu. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ J S Mundrey (2010). Railway Track Engineering (Fourth ed.). New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-07-068012-8. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kollam Municipal Corporation". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "History of Quilon". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Jimmy, Jose. "Cochin Harbour Terminus". Trainweb. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 

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