October 9, 2015
Pollachi Junction will complete 100 glorious years of existence on October 15, 2015. The occasion is special this year for one more reason – trains will start running on the newly laid broad-gauge line.
A hundred years ago, on October 15, 1915, train services first began on the Podanur-Pollachi route. In November 1928, the line was extended to Dindigul. This, along with the Pollachi-Palakkad line made a profound impact on the lives of the region’s residents, observed M.K. Gopinath, Public Relations Officer of Palakkad Division.
The Pollachi-Palakkad line was laid in April 1932. It was closed down in 2009 for gauge conversion. Now that the work has been completed, the newly-laid broad-gauge line is all set to be inaugurated. On this occasion, and as part of the centenary celebrations of Pollachi Junction, the Palakkad Railway Division is planning to record the special moments and memories of the metre gauge era, including the station buildings, landscapes, smoke trails of steam engines, and the scenes from the windows.
The route enjoyed immense popularity among filmmakers due to the special aesthetic appeal that metre-gauge lines had. The scenic route appeared frequently in a number of films.
Palakkad Railway Division is inviting photographs, travelogues, text information, and video or film clips of the Pollachi-Palakkad metre-gauge route that capture the unique essence of the Pollachi railway station. Names of the contributors will be displayed.
For further information, please contact the Public Relations Officer of Palakkad Railway Division via phone at 974 676 3002, or via email at [email protected].