Kerala

Load tolerance test held on new rail route

A load tolerance test was conducted using a goods train on the newly converted broad gauge line between Palakkad Town and Pollachi Junction on Sunday. A scene from Muthalamada, near Palakkad. —Photo: K. K. Mustafah

A load tolerance test was conducted using a goods train on the newly converted broad gauge line between Palakkad Town and Pollachi Junction on Sunday. A scene from Muthalamada, near Palakkad. —Photo: K. K. Mustafah

Giving new hopes of resuming regular train services linking Southern Tamil Nadu with Kerala and Konkan routes, a load tolerance test was conducted on Sunday in the newly gauge converted Palakkad-Pollachi rail stretch using a goods train comprising 42 wagons. The goods train reached Palakkad Junction from Mangalore by 1 p.m. carrying bags of fertilizer.

Instead of taking the Palakkad-Coimbatore-Erode route, the train bound for Tiruchirappalli and Madurai was redirected through the new route to study the load tolerance level of the new broad gauge route. It reached Pollachi in 45 minutes and proceeded to Tiruchirappalli via Palani. The speed was 45 km/hour.

It was only two weeks ago, the safety inspection of the route was conducted. Railway authorities informed that it was the prevailing code of conduct in Kerala as part of the local body election that prevented them from resuming train services in the route soon after the safety inspection.

Efforts are now on to resume train services by November second week. In the initial phase, two passenger trains from Tiruchirappalli would be extended to Palakkad in the new route.

Also there are plans to extend Thiruvananthapuram-Palakkad Amrita Express to Madurai in the new route. The train is at present parked in Palakkad for more than 14 hours daily.

Officials said the Palakkad-Pollachi stretch had handled an average of 300 tonnes of goods per month during the days in which it was a meter gauge route. The route would re-establish direct link between Mangalore Port and Southern Tamil Nadu. Between Madurai and Mangalore, the distance would be reduced by 120 km.


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