Southern Railway is the earliest of the 17 zones of the Indian Railways. In fact, it was the first railway zone to be established in liberated India. Southern Railway has its head office in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It has six divisions comprising it- Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Kerala, Puducherry and some parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The manner in which the Southern Railway is different from the other railway division of the Indian Railways is that its revenue is generated from passengers and not through freight. It carries over 500 million passengers on its network on yearly basis. Salem was the latest addition as the newest division of the Southern Railway. It was created as a solution for better control over administration and operational issues and for development. The new division of Salem has helped in improved infrastructure, facilities and better services of the trains. The division includes the stations of Coimatore and Erode. Of the six divisions, Salem is now the fourth largest division in the Southern Railway. Southern Railway has the maximum of meter gauge lines when compared to other Indian Railways that have broad gauge lines. The principal advancement in this zone is that all the meter lines are being converted to broad gauge along with improvement in the condition of stations, covering of the platforms, better stalls for catering and automated signaling system for shunning accidents.
Southern Railway - Quick Service with Its Super Fast Trains
The Chennai Central handles about million passengers each day. Many stations including Chennai (Egmore), Erode, Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Tirunelveli stations are programmed for an upgrading procedure.
Some of the prominent trains are in the Southern Railway are super fast Tamil Nadu Express, Grand Trunk Express, Chennai-Delhi Duronto Express, Rajdhani Express, Himsagar Express, Kerala Express, Kanyakumari Express, Mangalore Mail, West Cost Express and JanShatabdi Express. The Tamil Nadu Express belongs to the category of super fast trains. From being a weekly train, it was converted to a daily train running between Chennai Central and New Delhi Railway Station.
The Southern Railway earns most of its profits from the Chennai Central. Passengers can gather information about the schedule of the trains through its website that provides public, departmental and business information. Passengers can check the availability of trains and timetable through IRCTC, which is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways. The passengers can then get their reservation done through online booking in the form of either E ticketing or I-ticketing.