History of Cochin State Railways

January 24, 2009 at 19:27 1 comment

Presentation by Jimmy Jose.

Kerala during pre-1947 had 3 provinces.

State followed the Matriarchial system of inheritance and most rulers were old when they ascended the throne. Hence there was frequent change.

His Excellency Raja Rama Varma XV was Maharaja from 1895-1914 and was quite powerful and pro-active.

Madras-beypore line was a Coast to Coast line.

Talks of railway lines operated by State of Cochin.

Changes during the early stages of Cochin State Railway Company.
How Rajrishi made sacrifices by selling his personal valuables for funding projects.

Many hurdles came up but were overcame.

Line opened to passenger traffic in 1902 with Shoranur-Ernakulam terminus passenger train.

Other major details of the Cochin State Railway Company.

Types of locomotives and rolling stock.
N Class 0-6-0 locomotive was used.

Details of Ernakulam Terminus Station.
It had a Spencers outlet and South India’s only Diamond Crossing.

Presents the photographs of the present state of Ernakulum terminus.

Talks of the Cochin State Forest Tramway, details, photographs.

Snaps of early Timetables from the Bradshaw 1930. VSP is all ears n eyes…

Cochin Harbour terminus in South Indian railway. Snaps just before shut down in 2004.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. K X M John  |  June 28, 2011 at 17:40

    Good. Can you give here some more details about the the history of the promotion of Cochin State Railway?

    What was the Raja’s financial contribution, in absolute terms as also as a percentage of the total coast of the project?

    When was the railway line extended from Beypore to Mangalore?

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