Southern Railway

Southern Railway is the first and oldest railway zones of the Indian Railways from its sixteen present zones.

The Southern India railway came into existence on 14th April 1951 covering 9,654 route kms. Three state railways of that time namely Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway, the South Indian Railway, and the Mysore state railway were merged to form this entity.

As the name suggests Southern Railway’s present network extends over a large area of Southern India covering the states of Kerala, Tamilnadu, Pondicherry, and some parts of Andhra Pradesh.. The Southern Railways extends from Mangalore on the west, Kanniyakumari in the south to Renigunta in the North West and Gudur in the North East.

The Southern Railway is headquartered at Chennai, the capital of  Tamil Naidu and comprises of the following six divisions.

  • Chennai
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Madurai
  • Palghat
  • Trivandrum
  • Salem


Southern railway enquiry numbers
General Enquiry 131
Reservation Enquiry 132
Train Arrival & Dep (B.G) Central 133
Train Arrival & Dep (M.G) Egmore 134
Reservation Enquiry (Egmore) 135
Interactive Voice Response System Ticket Enquiry
In English 1361
In Hindi 1362
In Tamil 1363
Rail Reservation Centres in
(Reservation Hrs 08:00-14:00 & 14:15-20:00
Avadi Rly Station 26555408
Annanagar 26631188
Airport 22560551
Besant Nagar 24901186
Central Railway Station 25353816
Egmore Railway Station 28194579
Mambalam Railway Station 24643755
Mylapore Railway Station 24954252
Perambur Railway Station 25510359
Saidapet Railway Station 24329970
Tambaram Railway Station 22365921
Tiruvotiyur Railway Station 25735314
Beach Railway Station 25234397

Salem is the newest division if the Southern Railways

Nearly about 600 million passengers commute annually on the southern railway network.

Given the high volumes of traffic that is carried on the Railway, efforts are continuing in capacity expansion works such as dual rail tracks and meter to broad gauge conversion.

In the field of IT, Southern Railway is the first to complete networking of all its terminals through freight operations information system (FOIS) opening new horizons in freight operation management.

Today Southern railway manages 195 mail/express trains daily 557 suburban trains and 275 passenger train services daily and has more than 5000 coaches and more than 10000 wagons in its kitty.

PNR status southern railway

Pnr status for waitlisted and RAC ticked can be checked online from Indian Railway website

Southern Railways reservation / Ticket Booking

You can plan, book your tickets online, enquire about the status of your reservation with your PNR number, plan and book round tour tickets, check current availability status, suburban train tickets and other travel related services now including hotels and travel packages also on in the Indian Railways Catering and tourism Corporation website

Souther Railway contact details

Head office

Designation Office Telephone No.
General Manager 044-25353157
Additional General Manager and Director Public Grievances 044-25353743
Chief Commercial Manager 044-25353148
Chief Operations Manager 044-25355829
Chief Public Relations Officer 044-25353455

Divisional offices

Designation Office Telephone No.
Divisional Railway Manager 044-25355900
Additional Divisional Railway Manager 044-25358131
Additional Divisional Railway Manager 044-25351136
Divisional Railway Manager 0452-2604604
Additional Divisional Railway Manager 0452-2604714
Divisional Railway Manager 0491-2555296
Additional Divisional Railway Manager 0491-2555343
Divisional Railway Manager 0431-2411204
Additional Divisional Railway Manager 0431-2416105
Divisional Railway Manager 0471-2325828
Divisional Railway Manager 0427-2449957
Content updated in January 2020

5 comments to Southern Railway

  • T.R.Jayaraman

    To Indian Railways
    I am T.R.Jayaraman, aged 58 yrs, s/o. S.Rajarethinam, 1/599-Nehru College Road, Malumachampatti, Coimbatore-641021. I wish to thank Southern Railway for giving concesson tickets for Cancer patients like me and it is very very useful and helpful for me. I am taking treatment in Roy Memorial Cancer Hospital, Tenampet, Chennai for that i was using your concession ticket from april 2010 by giving Hodpital Medical Certificate at Poddanur Reservation Counter from the beginning because it is very nearby to my place and rush also is less than Coimbatore Railway Reservation Counter.
    As regular myself and my son went to poddanur reservation counter yesterday i.e. saturday 31-07-2010 for travelling to chennai on 9th Aug. 2010. The Staff of that counter refused to reserve the tickets and returned the forms. I have asked them that they have told me now they have a receveid a circular dont’ issue the concession ticket and send the persons to Coimbatore Main Station or Chennai to book the ticket. I have shocked.
    I think Southern railway has given permission to book any ticket anywhere reservation counter with cash or with proper concession forms. I want to confirm whether this type of circular sent to podanur station? because while getting reservation ticket for travelled on 5-7-10 and return journey on 8-7-10 they was informed the same and i explained my position and got the ticket when i was travelled during the last trip.
    Now they din’t hear any thing and ask me to go Coimbatore or Chennai Reservation Office Counters. It is not the correctway to giving further more troubles and mental torture like me the patients. Please look into this mater very seriously and inform me whether that type of circular is sent to poddanur reservation counter? Or the staff of the poddanur reservation counter herself telling like this? I am not leaving this matter with this. I will definetely taking action through our MP to Railway Minister because The railway ministry giving the concession to cancer patients and who is she to refuse to issue the concession ticket?
    Thanking you,

  • M. rajan

    I am a regular Passenger between Ernakulam and Trichur( ID No:CD7Z9H21H21H2)
    (1) Complaint regarding Stopping of Passenger Trains at Ernakulam Town Station- Suggestion
    It is regretted to note that the Up Trains to Shornur and Guruvayoor and other trains with lesser number of compartments usually stops with the back compartment of the Train at about quarter distance away from the main entry at Ernakulam Town railway station. It is a usual sight that some passengers with luggages and children run behind the train fall down in the rush and how ever manage .
    It is suggested that directions may be given to the concerned to stop the train in the stations so that the back boggy at least halts in front of the Main entry.
    (2) Complaint regarding Late running of Ernakulam –Guruvayoor 8.15 PM Passenger Train
    On 20-2-2011 Sunday This train was stared only at 8.30 from EKM South and held at Kalamassery, Alwaye,Chalakkudy stations for about 15 minutes and more, for unknown reasons, then at Irinjalakkuda for 20minutes for passing of 2 nos Express Trains behind this and reached at Puthukad station only aafter 11 Pm instead of 9.35 PM ( Sheduled time)
    (3) Complaint regarding delaying of trains due to running of Janasathabthy – Suggestion
    After the introduction of Kozhikkode Janasathabthi Express almost all the trains along the way are disturbed and thousands of daily passengers to various offices and lively hood jobs get delayed .
    New trains are always welcome . But that may not be disturbing other trains and thousands of other passengers.
    My humble suggestion is that – till the commissioning of an additional rail along the existing route
    The Janasathabthy may be kept in abeyance or Traffic system managed efficiently. Now a days ineffient management and improper co-ordination with various sections of railway department are noticed.
    (4) Suggestion for improving Security system in trains
    It is is noted that beggers, Ticket less travelers , un authorized sellers and anti-social elements in trains are on the increase due to the inactiveness from the concerned .This may be due to the insufficient number of protective personnel.
    My humble suggestion is that at least 5 to 10 security men in each train per division may be arranged on contract basis from any authorized EX –Servicemen or Ex Military with a lesser Financial commitment as done in the Traffic duty in Police Department.

  • Vipin

    I am a weekly traveller in train from Trivandrum to Ernakulam. I have noticed that there were no TTR to check the tickets of the passenger so that people were misusing the same. 2 weeks ago I have submitted a complaint in the Trivandrum central railway station, the station master took it positively. But yesterday When I gave the complaint in the same railway station the concerned people (whole team in the room had changed including the station master) started discouraging me by asking questions like why you are bothered ? You dont want to go home ? etc.

    The Trivandrum railway divisional manager should take this seriously and take action in both the cases.

    1. TTR should check the tickets in all the reserved/unreserved compartments.

    2. The railway management should respect the passengers when approaching them for genuine reasons.

  • viswanathan

    i seen in today.hindu a train from puduchery to dadar .there is no wide publicity in press.the route’ day of running&timing in return direction has to be clearly exhibited in the press note. pl do it immediately

    • Indian Travel Guru

      The tri-weekly Puducherry-Dadar Express connecting Puducherry and Dadar was flagged off on Tuesday 7th Nov 2012.
      While train number 11006 would leave Puducherry on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at around 8.15 p.m. and reach Dadar a day later early at 5.50 a.m., train number 11005 would leave Dadar ( Mumbai) at around 9.30 p.m. on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays and reach here a day later at 9.15 a.m.

      The train will have 17 coaches with breakup as follows: 1 AC two tier, 2 AC three tier, 9 second class sleeper, 3 general second class, 1 luggage cum brake van and 1 luggage cum brake van (with room for disabled persons) coaches.

      The train would stop at Villupuram, Tirukkovilur, Tiruvannamalai, Polur, Arni Road, Vellore, Katpadi Jolarpet, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram, Banaswadi, Yeswantpur, Tumkur, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Birur, Davangere, Harihar, Ranibennur, Haveri, Hubli, Dharwar, Alnavar, Londa, Belgaum, Ghatprabha, Kudachi, Miraj, Sangli, Takari, Satara, Pune, Lonavala, Karjat and Kalyan.

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