Salem Junction railway station(station code: SA) is a junction railway station situated in Salem and the headquarters of the Salem railway division of the Southern Railway Zone in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the major transit point in Southern India.
The station has satellite bus terminus the local bus available 24 hours to Salem central bus terminus. It is upgraded A grade station and there is 5 ATM’s near junction entrance and the station has waiting hall and electric battery car to go for platform.
The station has subway for every platform and platform bridges with lift. Over 160 trains passing through Salem junction. The station has 6 platforms and 8 tracks. Other nearest major junctions Omalur Junction and Erode Junction
There are 6 lines branching out from the station
- Double Electrified BG line towards Chennai Central
- Double Electrified BG Erode Junction
- Single Electrified BG Mettur Dam railway station
- Single Diesel BG line towards Virudhachalam Junction
- Single Diesel BG line towards Bengaluru City railway station
- Single Diesel BG line towards Karur Junction
Computerized reservation center with 3 counters and more than 5 counters for non reservation tickets and separate counters for the cancellation for reserved tickets for more easy to cancel tickets, Digital coach number board in every platform with speakers for announcement of trains arriving in which platform and digital board of trains will arrive in station and platform number. Every platform has hotels and canteen and drinking water chairs for sitting with fans lights and TV. The junction has bike parking and valet car parking and ATM’s and satellite bus terminus with railway police station
Salem (About this sound pronunciation (help·info)) is a city in Salem district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located about 160 kilometres (100 mi) northeast of Coimbatore, 186 kilometres (116 mi) southeast of Bangalore and about 340 kilometres (210 mi) southwest of the state capital, Chennai. Salem is the sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu by population and covers 100 km2 (39 sq mi)
Cheralam, Shalya, Kurukshetra, Sayilam and Sailam are found on inscriptions referring to the country around the hills: Nagarmalai in the north, Jeragamalai in the south, Kanjamalai in the west and Godumalai in the east. Salem is claimed as the birthplace of the Tamil Avvaiyar poets. It and the surrounding hilly regions were part of the Chera dynasty, and the city was ruled by kings known as the Kurunila Mannargal. Salem was later ruled by Gatti Mudalis, Poligars who built temples and forts in and around the city.
During the early 18th century, after the Mysore-Madurai war, the region was ruled by Hyder Ali. Salem was taken from Hyder Ali by a Colonel Wood at the beginning of 1768, and recaptured by Ali in late 1772. Under Robert Clive it was occupied by a detachment of a regiment stationed at Sankagiri Durg, remaining a military station until 1861. Salem and Sankagiri were the sites of battles between Kongu Nadu soldiers led by Dheeran Chinnamalai and the British. Chinnamalai was hanged in the Sankagiri fort, which became the British army headquarters. According to volume five of Edgar Thurston’s Castes and Tribes of Southern India, the Chola Nadu region was ruled by a series of twenty-eight kings before being conquered by the Cholas of Tanjore
Some Trains are originate and passes through salem Junction:
16527:Yesvantpur Cannanore Express
16235:Tuticorin – Mysore Express