COIMBATORE: Southern Railway has reintroduced a few long distance trains connecting the northern and southern part of the country. This comes as a relief to pilgrims and guest workers.
The weekly special trains to Rajkot and Rameswaram will benefit pilgrims. The newly introduced Ernakulam-Patna train will stop at all manufacturing hubs including Salem, Tirupur and Erode for the guest workers.
The weekly special train between Coimbatore and Rajkot will be operated every Friday from April 23. It will leave Coimbatore at 12.15am on Friday and reach Rajkot at 5.50pm the next day. The same train will leave Rajkot at 5.30 am on Sunday and reach Coimbatore at 9.30 pm on Monday.
Rajkot is popular for its proximity to Mumbai and people visit places like the ISKON temple, Dwarka and others. The train while operating from Coimbatore to Rajkot will stop at Tirupur at 12.58am, Erode at 1.40am and Salem at 2.37am. In its return journey, it will stop in Salem at 5.42am, Erode at 6.40pm and Tirupur at 7.28pm.
The night weekly train between Coimbatore and Rameswaram will leave the city at 7.45pm on Tuesdays from April 27 and reach Rameswaram at 6.15am the next day.
The same train will leave Rameswaram at 7.25 pm on Wednesday from April 28 and reach Coimbatore at 6.30 am the following Thursday. This train will stop at Coimbatore North, Tirupur, Erode, Tiruchchirappalli, Pudukottai, Karaikudi, Devakottai Road, Manamadurai, Paramakkudi, Ramanathapuram and Mandapam.
The Ernakulam Junction – Patna train will begin its operations from May 1 and pass through Coimbatore, Tirupur and Erode.
The train will leave on Saturday night and reach Patna at 6.30am on the fourth day.
This train will stop at Coimbatore at 4.37am, Tirupur at 5.28am, Erode at 6.30am and Salem at 7.22am on Sunday. In the return direction, it will halt in Salem at 2.02pm, Erode at 3.15pm, Tirupur at 4.03pm and Coimbatore at 5.02pm on Thursday.