Coimbatore Junction railway station

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Coimbatore Junction
Express train, Passenger train and Commuter rail station
Coimbatore junction.jpg
Main entrance of the station
LocationState Bank Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Coordinates10°59′47″N 76°58′02″E / 10.996365°N 76.967222°E / 10.996365; 76.967222Coordinates: 10°59′47″N 76°58′02″E / 10.996365°N 76.967222°E / 10.996365; 76.967222
Elevation411.2 metres (1,349 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouthern Railway zone
Line(s)Chennai–Coimbatore line
Coimbatore–Shoranur line
Coimbatore–Mettupalayam branch line
Coimbatore–Pollachi line
ConnectionsBus, Taxi stand, Auto
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeCBE
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Salem
Opened1861; 160 years ago (1861)
50,000/day[citation needed]
Coimbatore Junction is located in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore Junction
Coimbatore Junction
Location within Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore Junction, also known as Coimbatore Main Junction (station code: CBE), was the primary railway station serving Coimbatore city.


Aerial view of Coimbatore Junction, circa 1930s

Train service in Coimbatore started in 1861, upon the construction of the PodanurMadras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India.[1] Coimbatore lied on the Coimbatore–Shoranur broad-gauge railway line. Until 1956, the Coimbatore railway division was functioning with Podanur as the Headquarters. In 1956, the headquarters was shifted to Olavakkode, of Kerala state and was named Olavakkod railway division. In 1980, Olavakkod division was renamed Palakkad railway division. It comprised Kerala and western districts of Tamil Nadu. Protests arose in Tamil Nadu to form new railway division with Coimbatore as its headquarters. Ultimately, a new Salem railway division was carved out of the Palakkad railway division in 2006 with Salem as its headquarters. The city fell under the Salem Division of the Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The major railway station was the Coimbatore Junction which was the third-largest income generating station in the Southern Railway zone, after Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore. Coimbatore was one among the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.[2][3][4] Other major railway stations catering to the city included Coimbatore North Junction, Podanur Junction and minor stations at Pilamedu, Singanallur, Irugur Junction, Periyanaickenpalayam, Thudiyalur, Madukkarai, Somanur and Sulur.[5][6][7]


It was one of the major train stations in South India. It was one of the A1 graded station in the Southern Railway.[8] This station came under the jurisdiction of Salem division of Southern Railways and contributed to 45% of the revenues of the zone.[9][10] It was one of the top booking stations in India according to Indian Railways.[11] Chennai Egmore, Madurai Junction, Coimbatore Junction and Chennai Central were the most profitable stations of Southern Railways.


The station was a junction formed by the following 4 lines:

Suburban stations[edit]

The other stations serving Coimbatore included Coimbatore North Junction (CBF), Podanur Junction (PTJ), Irugur Junction (IGU), Madukkarai (MDKI), Pilamedu (PLMD), Singanallur (SHI), Sulur Road (SUU), Periyanaickenpalayam (PKM), Thudiyalur (TDE) and Somanur (SNO).[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IR History – Early days". IRFCA. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Railways in Coimbatore". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Coimbatore Junction neglected". The Hindu. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Trains to be diverted near Coimbatore". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 26 January 2004. Archived from the original on 22 April 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Podanur Junction". Indian Rail Info. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. ^ Palaniappan, V.S. (11 June 2012). "Will Coimbatore's gain be Podanur's loss?". The Hindu. Chennai. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. ^ "'Facelift for Coimbatore Rly junction soon'". Business Line. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Railways in Coimbatore". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Coimbatore Junction neglected". The Hindu. 31 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Route KM-Statewise" (PDF). Southern Railway zone. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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