Hauled by two engines, a 42-wagon goods train chugged past Pollachi on Sunday evening marking the resumption of commercial train services on the PalakkadPollachi section after a gap of seven years.
The train carrying 3,720 tonnes of fertilisers from Mangalore was the first goods train to operate on the stretch after successful speed trials conducted by the Palakkad division of Southern Railway a month ago.The 55km stretch from Palakkad to Pollachi was closed in December 2008 for gauge conversion.
With the resumption of goods services, passenger trains are also expected to resume operation in the near future. “We are awaiting railway board’s sanction for operating passenger trains,” said a railway official.
Officials in Palakkad railway division said the goods train carrying fertilisers from Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers Limited reached Palakkad junction around 3.30pm. “From Palakkad town station, the train started around 3.50pm and reached Pollachi at 6pm from where it proceeded to Madurai via Udumalpet, Madathukulam, Palani and Dindigul,” said a railway official. The fertiliser load was meant for delivery in Madurai.
Though the track is equipped to handle a maximum speed of up to 80kmph, the goods train was operated under 45kmph as the tracks are newly laid.