Mambalam railway station is one of the railway stations of the Chennai Beach–Chengelpet section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhoods of West Mambalam and T. Nagar. It is situated between the two neighbourhoods, about 11 km from Chennai Beach, and has an elevation of 13 m above sea level.
With a patronage of 200,000 passenger a day, Mambalam railway station is one of the busiest stations in the city.
Mambalam railway station was constructed when the suburban railway service connecting Madras Egmore with Kanchipuram was opened in 1911. The suburban service between Madras Beach and Tambaram was inaugurated on 11 May 1931 and in this regard, two railway tracks were electrified by 15 November 1931. The section was converted to 25 kV AC traction on 15 January 1967.
The station is covered by the 400-million Integrated Security Surveillance System (ISSS) project implemented in 2012. The project, implemented jointly by the Southern Railways and HCL Infosystems, includes installation of CCTV cameras that would record visuals around the clock and store the data for 30 days, with the footage transmitted and stored using an Internet Protocol system.
About 19 express and passenger trains pass through the station. Mambalam railway station is one of the busiest stations in the city and handles over 200,000 passenger daily, with more than 1,000 passengers an hour.The parking lot at the station has a capacity to accommodate around 500 to 600 two-wheelers and around 200 bicycles.
The station has a footbridge descending into Ranganathan Street at the southern end of the station.However, following a demand, a second footbridge was built in 2014 at the northern end.
The passenger reservation system (PRS) centre at the station caters to residents of the neighbourhoods including T. Nagar, West Mambalam, Kodambakkam, and Vadapalani. It is a major railway ticket-booking centre after Moore Market Complex and Tambaram. It has 10 counters for booking tickets and another counter for enquiries, and sells around 2,500 tickets daily.
Some Trains are originate and passes through Mambalam Railway Station
16184: Uzhavan Express
16860: Mangalore - Chennai Egmore Express
16178: Rockfort Express
12638: Pandian Express
16182: Silambu Express
16180: Mannai Express
16102: Rameswaram - Chennai Express
12634: Kanyakumari Express
12632: Nellai Express
16714: Rameswaram Chennai Express
17644: Circar Express
12694: Pearl City Express
16724: Anantapuri Express
17652: Kacheguda - Chennai Egmore Express
12606: Pallavan Express