Thiruvananthapuram Central is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest railway stations in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and an important rail hub in Southern Railway.It is one of profitable stations under Southern Railway. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central is also a terminating point for the proposed Chennai – Bangalore – Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the proposed Thiruvananthapuram – Mangalore High Speed Rail corridor. The railway station is located opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.
Kerala is commonly known as ‘God’s own country. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in India. People from all over the world come to spend their holidays in Kerala. The most common way of trasporation in kerala is Railways . Around 200 rail stations are there in Kerala which connect people to the other states of the country and to all the places in the state too. In Kerala, people can travel from one location to another effortlessly by train, making the journey an enjoyable event. Both local and long route trains are available in the state. The rail line, which is running horizontally through the state, links almost all the state. Th total distance end to end of the rail line is around 1050 kms, which comprises 13 rail lines in which broad gauge lines are about 933 kms and meter gauge lines are around 117kms.
Trains from here connect the city of Thiruvananthapuram to major cities of India. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation and Internet browsing centers. A second satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli Railway Station, near the International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is the first major city from south along the longest train routes in India, the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Dibrugarh Vivek Express route and the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Jammu Tawi Himsagar Express route. A second terminal (south Terminal) was opened in 2004 to handle passenger traffic and later a West Terminal in 2007. To reduce traffic, the Central Railway Station has 18 railway tracks.
Railways lines in Kerala connects to most of the cities of Kerala state and other cities and states of South India and rest of India . Thiruvananthapuram Railway division (TCR) is the busiest railway station and second busiest in the Southern Railway Zone after Chennai Central.
All type of trains runs through these lines Form Super Fasr Shatabdi Expresses to Normal Passenger Trains . These Railway Network are an important means of transport for the people of Kerala and Tourist coming from all over the world.
Thiruvananthapuram has 5 platforms to handle long and short distance trains and a proposal to build additional 11 platforms in pipeline.Then the number of platforms will increase to 16. The Thiruvananthapuram railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and eastern entrance is on Power House road.The train care centre functions adjacent to eastern side entrance.Nemom and Kochuveli Railway stations are announced in railway budget as satellite terminals to Thiruvananthapuram Central. Kochuveli satellite terminal has started functioning with trains originating from here.