Trains are made for running late, believe regular commuters. Stories abound among season ticket passengers about the legendary late running of trains, including that of the train that managed to appear miraculously on time, only to be discovered that it was to have arrived the day before.

For the commuters of passenger trains to Kottayam, Kollam, Alappuzha and Thrissur from Ernakulam, the late running of trains have become almost a permanent feature. Almost all passenger trains from Ernakulam are running late these days, causing much hardship to employees and students, they say.

Even the Thiruvananthapuram-Ernakulam Vanchinad Express, reputed for its punctuality, is arriving late, often leading to passengers missing the connection train, the Kochi-Trichy Tea Garden Express.