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Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram trunk line

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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.

Kollam–Thiruvananthapuram trunk line
Kollam Junction railway station - An evening view.jpg
View of the rail line passing through Kollam Junction
Overview
TypeRegional rail
SystemElectrified
StatusOperational
LocaleKerala
TerminiKollam Junction (QLN)
Thiruvananthapuram Central (TVC)
Stations18
Services1
WebsiteSouthern Railway
Operation
Opened4 January 1918; 101 years ago (1918-01-04)
OwnerSouthern Railway zone
Operator(s)Thiruvananthapuram
CharacterAt–grade
Depot(s)Kollam
Rolling stockWAP-1, WAP-4 electric locos; WDS-6, WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDP-4 and WDG-3A, WDG-4
Events
Extension up to TVC1931
Electrification2006[1]
Technical
Line length65 kilometres (40 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Loading gauge4,725 mm × 3,660 mm (15 ft 6.0 in × 12 ft 0.1 in) (BG)[2]
ElectrificationOverhead catenary
Operating speed82 kilometres per hour (51 mph)
Route map
km
Up arrow
Right arrow
Chemmanmukku Overpass
0 Kollam Junction
Bus interchangeParking
Chinnakada Overpass
Left arrow
SP Office Overpass
4 Eravipuram
Arattukulam
9 Mayyanad
12 Paravur
Parking
Paravur town Overpass
Kilimukkam Lake
17 Kappil
20 Edavai
24 Varkala
Bus interchangeParking
30 Akathumuri
33 Kadakkavoor
Parking
36 Chirayinkeezhu
Bus interchangeParking
40 Perunguzhi
43 Murukkampuzha
47 Kaniyapuram
51 Kazhakoottam
Parking
54 Veli
Veli Lake
58 Kochuveli
Bus interchangeParking
62 Thiruvananthapuram Pettah
Parking
65 Trivandrum Central
Bus interchangeParking
Overpass
Down arrow

Contents

HistoryEdit

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. 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, South Indian Railway Company has opened the KollamThiruvananthapuram extension up to Chala. The terminus was shifted to Trivandrum Central (Thampanoor) and was inaugurated in 1931.[4]

AdministrationEdit

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]

StationsEdit

No. Station Category Avg. daily passengers Avg. daily revenue
1 Kollam Junction NSG 3 23,285 18,48,050
2 Eravipuram HG 2 225 3,022
3 Mayyanad NSG 6 412 7,200
4 Paravur NSG 5 2,761 40,480
5 Kappil NSG 6 43 513
6 Edava NSG 6 532 3,024
7 Varkala Sivagiri NSG 4 11,427 3,04,661
8 Akathumuri HG 3 34 677
9 Kadakkavoor NSG 6 967 18,844
10 Chirayinkeezhu NSG 5 2,581 39,965
11 Perunguzhi HG 2 93 859
12 Murukkampuzha NSG 6 195 2,937
13 Kaniyapuram NSG 6 345 3,474
14 Kazhakoottam NSG 5 1881 75,342
15 Veli HG 2 62 995
16 Kochuveli NSG 3 1,720 666420
17 Thiruvananthapuram Pettah NSG 6 914 14,307
18 Thiruvananthapuram Central NSG 2 39,157 52,91,536

EconomyEdit

Five stations were prominent lying in between Kollam & Thiruvananthapuram posted well above 1 crore (equivalent to 1.3 crore or US$180,000 in 2018) in annual passenger ticket revenue during the fiscal year 2012-13 and most of their revenue increased during the year 2016–2017.[6][7][8][9]

No. Station Category Revenue(2018–19) Revenue(2017–18) Revenue(2016–17)
1 Paravur NSG 5 Rs. 1,47,75,303 Rs. 1,47,35,937 Rs. 1,47,90,285
2 Varkala NSG 4 Rs. 11,12,01,390 Rs. 10,42,54,286 Rs. 9,81,91,005
3 Kadakkavoor NSG 6 Rs. 68,78,061 Rs. 74,39,458 Rs. 79,23,915
4 Chirayinkeezhu NSG 5 Rs. 1,45,87,352 Rs. 1,54,19,697 Rs. 1,53,14,378
5 Kazhakoottam NSG 5 Rs. 2,74,99,689 Rs. 2,41,04,276 Rs. 2,21,61,918
6 Kochuveli NSG 3 -- Rs. 24,32,43,266 Rs. 22,21,99,424

ServicesEdit

There are currently 67 pairs of services, including 25 pairs of daily services(4 pairs of passengers, 18 pairs of express trains and 3 pairs of Super Fast trains) plying through Kollam-Thiruvananthapuram line. Kollam Junction is the 3rd busiest railway station in the state in terms of number of services passing through and 4th busiest in terms of total annual passengers[10]

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  6. ^ "Southern Railway - Annual originating passengers & earnings for the year 2016-17" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Southern Railway - Annual Passenger Earnings details of Paravur Railway Station". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Annual originating passengers and earnings for the year 2017-18 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Annual originating passengers and earnings for the year 2018-19 - Thiruvananthapuram Division" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Southern Railway - Annual Kollam to Thiruvananthapuram: Indiarailinfo". Retrieved 19 June 2019.

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