Palakkad–Pollachi line

The Palakkad–Pollachi line is a railway line between Palakkad and Pollachi in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, India.[1]

Palakkad to Pollachi line
Minatchiopuram, Pollachi.jpg
Meenakshipuram near Pollachi
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerIndian Railways
TerminiPalakkad Junction (PGT)
Pollachi Junction (POY)
Service
Operator(s)Southern Railway zone
Rolling stockWAP-4, WDM-2, WDG-3, WDP-3, WDM-3
History
Opened1898; 124 years ago (1898)
Technical
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Old gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in)
ElectrificationPartly electrified
Route map

km
0
Palakkad Junction Parking
NH 966 overpass
Malampuzha River
BOC Road
Shakunthala Junction overpass
4
Palakkad Town Bus interchangeParking
English Church Road
NH 544 overpass
Peruvamba overpass
15
Pudunagaram
SH 27 overpass
20
Vadakannikaapuram
23
Kollengode
Muthalamada North overpass
31
Muthalamada
Muthalamada overpass
42
Minatchipuram
49
Anaimalai Road
58
Pollachi Junction
Mural at Olavakkod railway station
Palakkad town railway station

StatusEdit

The line was functioning completely between Palakkad Junction and Palakkad Town.[2] The section of the line between Palakkad Town and Pollachi completed safety testing on 2 October 2015.[3]

The safety inspection that followed conversion of the track was completed on 7 October 2015.[3] The line was approved for passenger train services by the Commissioner of Railway Safety on 8 October 2015.[4]

Traffic will be greatly affected in Palakkad and neighboring towns when the rail line is reopened. Because there will be many trains using the route, more overpasses will need to be built.[5]

On 25 October, a load tolerance test was conducted with a train with 42 wagons carrying 3,720 tonnes of fertiliser and goods services resumed.[6][7][8] Passenger services resumed on 16 November.[9][10]

GaugeEdit

As of 2015, the Palakkad–Pollachi line is a 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge railway line.[2]

Before the conversion which was completed in April 2015, the line was formerly partly 1676 mm-gauge (Palakkad Junction to Palakkad Town) and partly 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+38 in) metre gauge, between Palakkad Junction and Pollachi Junction.[1]

Rolling stockEdit

Rolling stock as of 2017:

Historic rolling stock:

StationsEdit

Image galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Shaji, K.A. (21 April 2015). "Palakkad–Pollachi line gauge conversion over". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Indian Railways Living Atlas — India Rail Info". India Rail Info. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "CRS completes inspection of Pollachi–Palakkad BG line". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Pollachi – Palakkad BG line cleared for passenger train services". The Hindu: Mobile Edition. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Palakkad–Pollachi broad-gauge rail route to open for service soon". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Trial Run Held on Pkd-Pollachi broad gauge Line". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Load tolerance test held on new rail route". The Hindu: Mobile Edition. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Palakkad-Pollachi section restarts goods train service – TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site". m.timesofindia.com. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Four trains to run between Pollachi and Palakkad". The Hindu: Mobile Edition. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Train Service Restarts on Pollachi Route". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 17 November 2015.