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Ernakulam Junction railway station


Ernakulam Junction railway station

Ernakulam Junction
എറണാകുളം ജംഗ്ഷന്‍
एर्णाकुलम जंक्शन
Indian Railway Station
Location Kochi, Kerala, India
Owned by Indian Railways

Ernakulam-Kottayam-Kayamkulam Junction, Shornur Junction-Cochin Harbour Terminus, Ernakulam-Alleppey-Kayamkulam Junction, Ernakulam-Shornur-Kannur, Ernakulam-Shornur-Podanur,

Platforms 6
Tracks 8
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities available
Other information
Station code ERS
Fare zone

Southern Railway

division= Thiruvannanthapuram
Opened 1932
Rebuilt 1946
Electrified Yes

Ernakulam Junction (also known as Ernakulam South, code: ERS) is the largest railway station in the city of Kochi. The station has six platforms and two terminals (the Main entry and the Eastern entry). It is a junction, joining lines going in four different directions namely: north towards Shornur, south towards Alappuzha, south-west towards Willingdon Island and east towards Kottayam. This station has 6 platforms to handle long distance trains and local trains.

The station is operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways and comes under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division. It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains to any part of India and also one of the A1 graded stations in the Southern Railway. The Station also has a Train Care Centre in its premises.

Another major railway station in downtown Kochi is the Ernakulam Town Railway Station. Besides this there are numerous railway stations in the Greater Cochin Region. Because of the loop structure of the tracks, trains going from the Thrissur side to the Kottayam side via Ernakulam Junction have to reverse their directions, whereas those going to the Alappuzha do not face this problem.

Ernakulam Junction is one of the most important stations in India. It is the largest of the 3 major stations serving the city other being Ernakulam north and Aluva railway station. It is the second busiest in terms of no of trains after aluva. Even though there have been many proposals to convert Ernakulam junction into a world class station, no development activity is happening at present.

Ernakulam Junction was the first railway station in Kerala to have an escalator. It was installed on 9 September 2013.[1]


  • Local name of the station 1
  • Layout 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Trains originating from Ernakulam Junction 4
  • Trains passing through Ernakulam Junction 5
  • Railway Stations in the Metropolitan and Extended Metropolitan regions 6
  • Diesel Loco Shed 7
  • ATMs 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Local name of the station

Among Kochites, Ernakulam Junction is referred to as "Ernakulam South" or simply "South" as it is in the southern part of Ernakulam, to distinguish it from Ernakulam Town which in turn is referred to as (and was officially called for a long time as) "Ernakulam North" or simply "North".


Ernakulam Junction railway station has 6 platforms to handle long-distance and passenger trains. The railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is near to the Chittor road. The second entrance is called East entrance which is parallel to the Karshaka road.


  • ATM
  • Cyber Cafe
  • Escalator subway and elevator
  • Foot Over Bridge
  • Integrated Survelliance Post by Excise & Commercial Taxes Department
  • IRCTC Restaurants
  • Online Reservation counters
  • Parcel Booking Office
  • Passenger Waiting Hall with transit lodging facility
  • Pre-Paid Autorikshaw counters
  • Pre-Paid Parking space
  • Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
  • Railway Protection Force - Circle Office

Trains originating from Ernakulam Junction

Express Trains starting from Ernakulam Junction
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 12224/12223 Ernakulam South Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Mumbai Duronto Express
2. 12283/12284 Ernakulam South H.Nizamudin New Delhi Duronto Express
3. 12617/12618 Ernakulam South H.Nizamudin Mangala Lakshadweep Express
4. 12645/12646 Ernakulam South H.Nizamudin Millenium Express
5. 16865/16866 Ernakulam South Karaikal Tea Garden Express
6. 16305/16306 Ernakulam South Kannur Intercity Express
7. 16307/16308 Ernakulam South Kannur Executive Express
8. 12678/12677 Ernakulam South Bangalore Intercity Express
9. 12683/12684 Ernakulam South Bangalore Superfast Express
10. 22607/22608 Ernakulam South Bangalore Superfast Express
11. 16303/16304 Ernakulam South Thiruvananthapuram Central Vanchinad Express
12. 10216/10215 Ernakulam South Madgon Madagon Express
13. 16309/16310 Ernakulam South Patna Patna Express
14. 16359/16360 Ernakulam South Patna Patna Express
15. 16337/16338 Ernakulam South Okha Okha Express
16. 12522/12521 Ernakulam South Barauni Raptisagar Express
17. 11098/11097 Ernakulam South Pune Poorna Express
18. 12519/12520 Ernakulam South Pune Pune Express
19. 12977/12978 Ernakulam South Ajmer Marusagar Express via Madgaon(GOA)
20. 22816/22817 Ernakulam South Bilaspur Bilaspur Express
Passenger Trains starting from Ernakulam Junction
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56387 Ernakulam South Kayamkulam Junction
2. 56391 Ernakulam South Kollam Junction
3. 56389 Ernakulam South Kottayam
4. 56385 Ernakulam South Kottayam
5. 66301 Ernakulam South Kollam Junction(MEMU)
6. 56608 Ernakulam South Nilambur
7. 56606 Ernakulam South Shoranur Junction
8. 66612 Ernakulam South Palakad Jn (MEMU)
9. 56375 Ernakulam South Guruvayur
10. 56302 Ernakulam South Alappuzha
11. 56363 Ernakulam South Nilambur
12. 56370 Ernakulam South Guruvayur
13. 56606 Ernakulam South Guruvayur
14. 56608 Ernakulam South Guruvayur
15. 66307 Ernakulam South Kollam Junction(MEMU)
16. 66309 Ernakulam South Kollam Junction(MEMU)
17. 66303 Ernakulam South Kollam Junction(MEMU)
18. 56383 Ernakulam South Kayamkulam Junction
19. 56381 Ernakulam South Kayamkulam Junction
20. 06731 Ernakulam South Tripunithura(MEMU)
21. 06732 Tripunithura Aluva(MEMU)
22. 06733 Aluva Ernakulam(MEMU)
23. 06734 Ernakulam South Aluva(MEMU)
24. 06735 Aluva Ernakulam(MEMU)
25. 06736 Ernakulam South Angamaly(MEMU)
26. 06737 Angamaly Piravom(MEMU)
27. 06738 Piravom Road Ernakulam(MEMU)

Trains passing through Ernakulam Junction

No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 22640/22639 Alleppey Chennai Alleppey Express
2. 13352/13351 Alleppey Dhanbad Tata Express
3. 16307/16308 Alleppey Cannanore Alleppey Kannur Express
4. 16341/16342 Guruvayur Trivandrum Guruvayur Trivandrum Express
5. 12512/12511 Thiruvananthapuram Central Gorakhpur Junction Raptisagar Express
6. 12625/12626 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Kerala Express
7. 12643/12644 Thiruvananthapuram Central H. Nizamuddin Hazrat Nizamuddin Express
8. 16302/16301 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shornur Junction Venad Express
9. 12076/12075 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kozhikode Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express
10. 16323/16324 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shalimar Shalimar Express
11. 16326/16325 Thiruvananthapuram Central Indore Junction Ahilyanagari Express
12. 16332/16331 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Express
13. 16346/16345 Thiruvananthapuram Central Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravathi Express
14. 16604/16603 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Maveli Express
15. 12431/12432 Thiruvananthapuram Central H. Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express
16. 12217/12218 Kochuveli Chandigarh Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
17. 16316/16315 Kochuveli Bangalore Kochuveli Bangalore Express
18. 12483/12484 Kochuveli Amritsar Kochuveli Amritsar Express
19. 12997/12998 Tirunelveli Happa Happa Superfast Express
20. 12788/12787 Tirunelveli Bilaspur Bilaspur Superfast Express
21. 16128/16127 Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Express
22. 16606/16605 Nagercoil Mangalore Ernad Express
23. 19261/19262 Kochuveli Porbandar Kochuveli Porbandar Express

Railway Stations in the Metropolitan and Extended Metropolitan regions

No Station Name No Of Platforms
1. Ernakulam Town 2
2. Aluva 3
3. Edappaly 3
4. Angamaly 3
5. Thripunithura 2
6. Kalamassery 2
7. Kumbalam 2
8. Ernakulam Terminus Defunct
9. Cochin Harbour Terminus Defunct

Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town, Edapally and Aluva stations lie in a 12 km line. The city has got one of the highest concentration of railway stations (large and busy) in the country. Ernakulam Junction also operates special train services to Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai during peak seasons. Ernakulam Junction has been chosen for a feasibility study for Bullet trains along Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Kochi-Trivandrum route.

Diesel Loco Shed

Ernakulam Diesel Loco Shed is the only loco shed in the state of Kerala. The Diesel Loco Shed was set up in 1982 and handles around 56 diesel locomotives a month and employees 373 personnel. It is the southernmost locoshed in Indian Railways. It is mainly concentrating the maintenance of locos WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDS-6 and WDM-7 locos.


The first ATM facility and Railway cyber cafe to be installed at a railway station in Kerala was Ernakulam Junction. List of ATMs in Ernakulam Junction.

See also


  1. ^ "'Willingdon island to be developed as grain storage hub'". The New Indian Express. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

External links

  • The official website of Southern railway
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