KERALA

`No plan for triangular or bulb station at Shoranur'

Staff Reporter

PALAKKAD: There is no proposal for a triangular station or bulb station at Shoranur Railway Junction, the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Palakkad Railway Division, S.K. Sharma, has said.

Talking to reporters at Palakkad Railway Junction here on Friday, the DRM said that at present, there was no proposal under the consideration of Southern Railways to construct a triangular station or bulb station at Shoranur to overcome the delay in changing the engines of trains coming from Thiruvananthapuram to Palakkad at Shoranur station. An alternative to these proposals was to improve infrastructure facilities in the adjacent stations of Bharathapuzha and Vallathol Nagar to connect it to Shoranur Railway Junction.

The triangular station was proposed to connect the adjacent railway stations of Shoranur, Bharathapuzha and Vallathol Nagar to turn the direction of trains coming from Thiruvananthapuram and Mangalore side to Shoranur. This will facilitate engine reversal without changing the direction of the train. Engine reversal at Shoranur consumes 20 to 30 minutes.

Additional line

The bulb line was proposed by constructing one additional rail line at Shoranur to make it possible to turn the direction of the train. It will help solve the problem of engine reversal for trains coming from Thiruvanathapuram to Palakkad at Shoranur. Engine reversal will result in complete reversal of the train and consume 20 to 30 minutes.

If the bulb line is installed, engine reversal need not be done. But, to cross the bulb line, it will take about 10 to 15 minutes. The train will pass the station twice as it is in Renigunta for trains going to Tirupati or as it was in Jolarpet for trains going to Bangalore, sources in the Railway Engineering wing said.

But the bulb line proposal did not find favour with the Railways as it saves just 10 minutes for changeover of a train at Shoranur. The proposal also involves acquisition of large areas of private land making it a costly affair without much benefit on the running time of trains, Railway Division sources said.

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