We approach Coimbatore Junction on the 12677 Bangalore-Ernakulam Intercity Express on a rainy and cloudy afternoon, half an hour late. A WAP4 can be seen up ahead which is ready for departure with the Kovai Express to Chennai. A long rake can be seen parked in the yard as well. Coimbatore Jn has more than 100 trains passing through/originating there.
A set of railway tracks branches off to the right after Ernakulam Junction coming from the station, Alappuzha side, while another set moves on towards Thrissur and Shornaur and Palakkad. The line that branches off goes towards Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram via Kottayam and Chengannur. The line going ahead from Ernakulam via Alappuzha joins this one at Kayankulam. These are the two routes from Ernakulam to Trivandrum. There is a locomotive waiting up ahead too.
The Platform and parallel tracks at the little Carmelaram (code: CLRM) Railway Station on Sarjapur Road, Bangalore on the Bangalore – Hosur – Salem line. The station is fairly new, and four express trains stop here every day. The little station has only one box-like building and floor-level platforms and no overbridge. But it is beautiful and scenic, set in the midst of greenery and trees, only 3 km away from the bustling Wipro Commercial office and the Doddakanelli and Kaikondrahalli residential areas chock-a-bloc with apartments. Still, not many people know about this station which has potential to be developed along the likes of Krishnarajapuram.
Railway Tracks converge and diverge over switching points and crossings at Ernakulam Junction