To commission platform 6 and 7, and additional stabling lines

A ‘mega line block work’ was taken up at Tiruchi junction on Tuesday to commission platform 6 and 7, and additional stabling lines. No train was allowed in the yard during the block from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The existing Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) panel was removed and a new RRI panel incorporating additional platforms and stabling lines was installed, tested and commissioned. Engineering officials in charge of track completed their works prior to taking up signalling work. Nearly 300 staff were deployed to carry out the work. Shifting of overhead electrical lines was done to suit the revised yard layout.

Divisional Railway Manager Manjula Rangarajan, K.A. Manoharan, Chief Signal and Telecommunication Engineer, and senior railway officers supervised the work throughout the day.

The trains received at Tiruchi junction after the commissioning of the new panel were Chennai Egmore-Guruvayur Express and Guruvayur-Chennai Egmore Express.

With the addition of the facility, detention of trains for want of platforms and waiting at the home signal would be reduced. Additional berthing tracks would improve efficiency of yard operations, a Southern Railway press release said.