Kollam MEMU Shed

Kollam MEMU Shed is a motive power depot facility for maintaining MEMU rakes, situated in the city of Kollam in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the four MEMU rake maintenance sheds serving the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways.[1] Kollam MEMU Shed is functioning as the control and coordination center of MEMU trains running through Kerala state.[2] Presently, 5 pairs of MEMU services are now running from Kollam Junction. The maintenance works of those rakes are regularly doing in Kollam MEMU shed.

Kollam MEMU Shed
LocationKollam Junction railway station, India
Coordinates8°53′10″N 76°35′50″E / 8.886068°N 76.597297°E / 8.886068; 76.597297Coordinates: 8°53′10″N 76°35′50″E / 8.886068°N 76.597297°E / 8.886068; 76.597297
Owner(s)Indian Railways
Operator(s)Southern Railway zone
Depot code(s)QLN
TypeElectric multiple unit
Rolling stockMEMU
Routes servedQLNALLPERS141.4 km
QLNCAPE151.1 km
Opened1 December 2013
(6 years ago)


An evening view of Kollam MEMU Shed and railway station

MEMU sheds in Kollam and Palakkad were proposed in 2008's Indian Railway Budget. The first announced MEMU shed for Kerala was in Kollam, but the inauguration of this shed was delayed for more than two years due to clearance issues and negligence of Indian Railways.[3] Palakkad MEMU shed inaugurated on 1 January 2011.[4] The Kollam MEMU shed was formally commissioned on 1 December 2013, five years after its completion.[5] Kollam MEMU Shed is the largest MEMU Shed in Kerala, which is equipped with most modern facilities.

In the second half of 2019, the Southern Railway started replacing the traditional rakes with High-speed, three-phase MEMU trains running on Kollam routes.[6] As the first step, a three-phase MEMU train with 8 rakes started service on Kollam Junction-Ernakulam Junction-Kollam Junction route on September 2, 2019.[7]

Maintenance of MEMUEdit

The MEMU Carshed in Kollam currently conducting periodic overhauling activities for two different types of rakes manufactured by ICF, Chennai:

  • Generation I rakes
  • 3-phase 8 coach rake (Total capacity: 2,402 passengers)[8]
Train Number Source Destination Schedule
66302 Kollam Junction Ernakulam Junction (Via Alappuzha) MON
66310 Kollam Junction Ernakulam Junction (Via Alappuzha) TUE
66308 Kollam Junction Ernakulam Junction (Via Kottayam) WED
66304 Kollam Junction Kanyakumari (Via Trivandrum) FRI
66300 Kollam Junction Ernakulam Junction (Via Kottayam) SAT

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MEMU Maintenance Work Begins in Kollam Kollam MEMU Shed
  2. ^ "MEMU to be extended to Malabar; Passenger trains to be replaced with MEMU". english.mathrubhumi.com. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  3. ^ Rs.74-crore MEMU shed project awaits nod
  4. ^ More Memu sheds sought in Railway Budget
  5. ^ MEMU Maintenance Work Begins in Kollam Kollam MEMU Shed
  6. ^ "Kochi: 'Faster' 3-phase MEMU deployed". deccanchronicle.com.com. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ "3-phase MEMU introduced in State". TheHindu.com. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  8. ^ "High-speed, three-phase MEMU begins service". english.manoramaonline.com. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.

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