When the brakes of Tirupathi-Madurai express train (number-16779) screeched at Tiruvannamalai Railway Station on Friday evening, it marked a historic moment for the station, a kind of re-birth.
The last passenger train stopped at the station on 31 May 2007.
Services were stopped on the next day to facilitate gauge conversion work between Vellore Cantonment and Villupuram to begin. Though Madurai-Tirupathi Express started to ply through Tiruvannamalai since April, the train was not stopping at Tiruvannamalai station and its return train Tirupathi-Madurai Express (16779) was taking another route via Chengalpattu and Tindivanam.
According to railway sources, both the bi-weekly trains started to ply on the same route, Vellore-Tiruvannamalai-Villupuram, and they would stop at Tiruvannamalai station from Friday.
Passengers intending to travel on Tirupathi direction can board the train at 3.45 am on Fridays and Sundays.
Passengers intending to travel on Madurai direction can board the train on 6.30 pm on the same days (Fridays and Sundays) at Tiruvannamalai station.