Puducherry railway station (Code:PDY) is a railway station serving the city of Pondicherry. The Puducherry railway line is one of the oldest rail link in India and it was constructed in the year 1879 by the Puducherry Railway Company during the period of French and British rule in India. Under the supervision of South Indian Railway with the object of connecting the town and the port of Puducherry with South India and to develop the resources of the Puducherry Territory, the rail link between Puducherry and Villupuram has been established. Even though there was total enmity between the then Super Powers—the French and the English—when it came to economic development they had a very good understanding and the Puducherry Railway system was a good example of it.
The station is operated by the Southern Railway zone of the Indian Railways and comes under the Tiruchirapalli railway division. This Division may be the only Division in the world maintaining the Railways developed by both the British and the French empires.
It has daily trains connecting the city with Chennai apart from non-daily trains towards prime cities including Mangaluru, Tiruchirapalli, Bengaluru, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai via Villupuram
The Puducherry railway station is located on Subbiah Salai and is very close to several tourist spots and important locations in the city such as the Main Bus Stand (1.3 km), Aurobindo Ashram (1.8 km), Chief Secretariat Building (1.9 km), and Puducherry Airport (6.8 km).
There are 3 platforms in the station for passenger traffic and one for the now defunct goods service.There have also been proposals for constructing 2 pit lanes in the station for train maintenance. The station underwent a major revamp in 2008 following the launch of new trains connecting it to various destinations
Puducherry (PDY), formerly known as Pondicherry (/ˌpɒndᵻˈtʃɛri/; literally New Town in Tamil), is a Union Territory of India. It was formed out of four exclaves of former French India, namely Puducherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. It is named after the largest district Puducherry. Historically known as Pondicherry (Pāṇṭiccēri), the territory changed its official name to Puducherry (Putuccēri) on 20 September 2006.
Puducherry lies in the southern part of the Indian Peninsula. The areas of Puducherry and Karaikal are bound by the state of Tamil Nadu, while Yanam and Mayyazhi (Mahe) are enclosed by the states of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala respectively. Puducherry is the 29th most populous and the third most densely populated state/UT in India. It has a GDP of 0.21 lakh crore (US$3.1 billion) and ranks 27th in India
The earliest recorded history of Puducherry can be traced to the 2nd century CE. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea mentions a marketplace named Poduke (ch 60). G. W. B. Huntingford suggested this might be a site about 2 miles from the modern Puducherry, which was possibly the location of Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam). Huntingford noted that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937. In addition, archaeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was “a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century CE”
Some Trains are originate and passes through Puducherry Railway Station:
16116: Aurovile Express
56862: Pondicherry – Villupuram Passenger
17414:Pondicherry – Tirupati Express
22403:Pondicherry – New Delhi Express
16861:Pondicherry – Kanyakumari Express
12868:Pondicherry Howrah Express
56042:Pondicherry – Tirupati Passenger
56038:Pondicherry – Chennai Passenger
56864:Pondicherry – Villupuram Passenger
12897:Pondicherry – Bhubaneshwar Express
56866:Pondicherry – Villupuram Passenger
11006:Puducherry – Dadar Chalukya Express