Thrissur Railway Passengers' Association, TRPA is the confluence of all the stake holders who are interested in the development of Railway facilities in and around Thrissur. Naturally, all the people who avail Railway facilities from Thrissur and other neighbouring stations are automatically the members of this association. Due to the historic reasons, commuters from Thrissur towards Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Palakkad sides form the active group. TRPA always stands for meeting the public demands and this process is well supported by Railway Men, Political Leaders and the Media in Thrissur. The tireless efforts by TRPA in achieving the long standing basic requirements of Thrissur are well recognised and appreciated by one and all. TRPA is committed to continue its service to the society at large, cutting across all divisions. "Our prime focus is on the sustainable improvement of rail service in the country to world class levels with special emphasis on Thrissur"

Sunday 4 January 2015

Thrissur - Tripunithura MEMU mooted

Yet another derailment threat near Ekm station

Hours before an iron pipe was found on the railway track near Kozhikode in a possible sabotage bid, unidentified miscreants blocked the track changing point near KSRTC bus station here on Saturday evening that could have led to derailment. The incident also delayed the Ernakulam-Shoranur Passenger (train no. 56364) by more 30 minutes.
“The delay happened due to the failure of point no 135 (near KSRTC bus station) where a stone was found stuck at 5.55pm. This led to the delay in attaching the engine to the train,“ said a railway source.

A point is an arrangement used to guide the train to other tracks. “The points are mechanically operated. If there is any obstruction, it may even lead to derailment,“ the source added.

Senior railway officers said that stones were used to block the four points between Ernakulam Town and junction railway stations regularly till four months ago. “People deliberately put stones at these points. Four months back, we deployed RPF men on mufti and arrested four people red-handed. No such incident was reported till Saturday evening after the arrests,“ said a railway source from Ernakulam.

Meanwhile, fed up by the late running of Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger train, railway passengers have now demanded a MEMU service between Tripunithura and Thrissur stations. “It will be really helpful if a MEMU service is introduced on the stretch, at least till the Kochi Metro work is over,“ said P Krishnakumar, general secretary , Thrissur railway passengers' association (TRPA).

According to railway officials, the time schedule of the Ernakulam-Shoranur passenger will be revised soon. “We have already recorded the actual time required for the service. We hope to revise the timing of the train for better service,“ a senior railway official said.
(P.V. Shyam, Times of India dt 5-1-2015)

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