South Line, Chennai Suburban

The South Line of Chennai Suburban Railway is the fourth longest suburban line that runs southwards from Chennai (Madras) City. It is the oldest suburban line of Chennai (Madras), opened in 1931. Suburban services terminate at Chengalpattu (Chingleput) and MEMU services at Villupuram. The capacity utilisation of Chennai Beach-Egmore-Tambaram section is 69 percent. The tract travels along the GST Road from St.Thomas Mount to Villupuram.[1]

South Line, Chennai Suburban
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Overview
StatusOperational
Termini
Stations46
Service
TypeSuburban railway
SystemChennai Suburban Railway
Operator(s)Southern Railway (India)
Depot(s)Egmore, Tambaram
History
Opened1931; 91 years ago (1931)
Technical
Line length163 kilometres (101 mi) (60 km Suburban and 103 km MEMU)
Track gaugeBroad Gauge
Operating speed90 km/h (maximum service speed)
Route map

Chennai Beach — Villupuram
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North Line
West Line
0.00
Chennai BeachBSicon BUS.svg
High Court
1.80
Chennai Fort
 MRTS 
3.07
Chennai CentralBSicon BUS.svgMainline rail interchange
3.07
Chennai Park
3.07
Parktown
4.32
Chennai Egmore
6.56
Chetput
8.15
Nungambakkam
9.68
Kodambakkam
11.29
Mambalam
12.90
Saidapet
15.01
Guindy Blue Line BSicon BUS.svg
17.12
St. Thomas Mount
 Green Line  MRTS 
18.75
Pazhavanthangal
20.04
Meenambakkam
21.22
TirusulamBSicon BUS.svgBSicon FLUG.svg
23.15
Pallavaram
25.35
ChromepetBSicon BUS.svg
27.36
Tambaram SanatoriumBSicon BUS.svg
29.14
TambaramBSicon BUS.svgMainline rail interchange
32.64
PerungalathurBSicon BUS.svg
34.44
VandalurBSicon BUS.svg
37.50
Urapakkam
40.41
Guduvancheri
43.94
PotheriBSicon BUS.svg
45.85
Kattangulathur
46.96
Maraimalai NagarBSicon BUS.svg
51.48
Singaperumal Koil
55.59
Paranur
59.84
Chengalpattu JunctionBSicon BUS.svgMainline rail interchange
63.00
Tirumani
68.37
Ottivakkam
73.08
Padalam
80.83
Karunguzhi
84.48
Maduranthakam
91.07
Pakkam
95.37
Melmaruvathur
98.21
Acharapakkam
104.27
Tozhuppedu
109.44
Karasangal
113.86
Olakur
118.59
Panchalam
125.48
Tindivanam
134.84
Mailam
143.44
Perani
149.92
Vikravandi
156.44
Mundiyampakkam
162.76
Viluppuram Junction

SectionsEdit

Beach–TambaramEdit

  • This 30 km section has (1st and 2nd line) 2 dedicated lines for the suburban train operations apart from 2 main lines for mixed traffic.
  • EMUs are operated along 3rd and 4th main lines during peak hours.
  • 12-car EMU are operated in this sector.

Tambaram–ChengalpattuEdit

  • This 31 km section has three railway lines in which suburban trains as well as long distance (south bound) trains are operated.
  • 12-car EMU are operated in this sector.

Beach–MelmaruvathurEdit

  • Two MEMU services between Chennai Beach and Melmaruvathur and one between Chennai Egmore - Puducherry is operational. This is a double electrified line.

Tambaram–VillupuramEdit

  • One MEMU Train service is operational between Tambaram and Villupuram.

Melmaruvathur–VillupuramEdit

  • A MEMU service is operational between Melmaruvathur and Villupuram.

Hours of OperationEdit

  • Chennai Beach–Tambaram

The first EMU starts from Chennai Beach at 3:55 and the last train at 23:59. Most of the trains in this section end at Tambaram station. The peak hour headway is 7 minutes and the headway at the first and last hours of operation is 20 minutes.

  • Tambaram–Chennai Beach

The first EMU starts from Tambaram at 4:00 and the last train at 23.55. Peak hour headway is 7 minutes.

  • Tambaram–Chengalpattu

The first EMU starts from Tambaram at 4:50 and the last train at 23:40. Peak hour headway is 15 minutes.

  • Chengalpattu–Tambaram

The first EMU starts from Chengalpattu at 4:05 and the last train at 23.10. Peak hour headway is 15 minutes.

  • Chennai Beach–Melmaruvathur
    • Two service from Chennai Beach to Melmaruvathur at 08:30 and 11:10
    • Two services from Melmaruvathur to Chennai Beach at 15:30 and 17:50
  • Melmaruvathur–Villupuram
    • Two services from Melmaruvathur to Villupuram at 11:40 and 13:15
    • Two services from Villupuram to Melmaruvathur at 13:45 and 15:10

GalleryEdit

Guindy station in 2006Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sreevatsan, Ajai (17 January 2012). "MTC loses passengers to suburban train services". The Hindu. Chennai. Retrieved 8 April 2012.