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STKT/Sasthamkotta (2 PFs)
ശാസ്താംകോട്ട     शास्तानकोट्टा

Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 2
Number of Halting Trains: 34
Number of Originating Trains: 0
Number of Terminating Trains: 0
Sasthamkotta, Kollam Dist
State: Kerala
Elevation: 18 m above sea level
Zone: SR/Southern
Division: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
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Apr 14 2017 (17:17)  ശാസ്താംകോട്ടയില്‍ ട്രെയിന്‍ ട്രോളിയില്‍ ഇടിച്ചു: ട്രെയിനുകള്‍ വൈകുന്നു (www.mathrubhumi.com)
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Apr 14 2017 (17:17)
Station Tag: Sasthamkotta/STKT added by MCPNBR~/261443

Apr 14 2017 (17:17)
Train Tag: Kochuveli - Yesvantpur AC Express/16562 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Apr 14 2017 (17:17)
Train Tag: Thiruvananthapuram Central - Chennai Central Mail/12624 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Apr 14 2017 (17:17)
Train Tag: Island Express/16525 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Apr 14 2017 (17:17)
Train Tag: Kerala Express/12625 added by MCPNBR~/261443

Posted by: MCPNBR~  413 news posts
ശാസ്താംകോട്ട: ജീവനക്കാരുമായി ട്രാക്ക് പരിശോനയ്ക്കെത്തിയ ട്രോളിയില് ട്രെയിനിടിച്ചുണ്ടായ അപകടത്തെ തുടര്ന്ന് കൊല്ലത്ത് നിന്ന് വടക്കോട്ടുള്ള ട്രെയിനുകള് വൈകുന്നു. തിരുവനന്തപുരത്ത് നിന്ന് ന്യൂഡല്ഹിയിലേക്ക് പുറപ്പെട്ട കേരള എക്സ്പ്രസാണ് ഉച്ചയ്ക്ക് ഒരുമണിയോടെ ശാസ്താകോട്ടയ്ക്കടുത്ത് വച്ച് ട്രോളിയില് ഇടിച്ചത്. ട്രെയിന് വരുന്നത് കണ്ട് ട്രോളിയിലുണ്ടായിരുന്ന ജീവനക്കാര് ഇറങ്ങി ഓടിയതിനാല് ദുരന്തം ഒഴിവായി. എന്നാല് ഇടിയുടെ ആഘാതത്തില് ട്രെയിന്റെ എഞ്ചിന് കേടുപാട് സംഭവിച്ചു. ഇതോടെ കൊല്ലത്ത് നിന്ന് വടക്കോട്ടുള്ള ട്രെയിനുകളെല്ലാം വൈകി. കായംകുളത്ത് നിന്ന് പകരം എഞ്ചിന് എത്തിച്ച് രണ്ട് മണിക്കൂറിലേറെ വൈകിയാണ് ട്രെയിന് പുറപ്പെട്ടത്. കേരള എക്സ്പ്രസിന് പിന്നാലെ വടക്കോട്ടുള്ള ട്രെയിനുകളെല്ലാം അപകടത്തെ തുടര്ന്ന് വിവിധ സ്റ്റേഷനുകളില് പിടിച്ചിട്ടു. കൊച്ചുവേളി-യശ്വന്ത്പൂര് എസി എക്സ്പ്രസ്(16562). കന്യാകുമാരി-ബാംഗ്ലൂര് ഐലന്ഡ് എക്സ്പ്രസ്(16525), തിരുവനന്തപുരം-ചെന്നൈ മെയില്(12624) എന്നിവയെല്ലാം വൈകിയാണ് ഓടുന്നത്.
Jan 19 2017 (19:56)  EXPERIMENTAL STOPPAGE FOR VENAD EXPRESS AT SASTHANKOTTA (www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in)
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Temporary StopsSR/Southern  -  IR Press Release  

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Jan 19 2017 (19:56)
Station Tag: Sasthamkotta/STKT added by ఒం నమో వేంకటేశాయ^~/1332893

Jan 19 2017 (19:56)
Train Tag: Venad Express/16301 added by ఒం నమో వేంకటేశాయ^~/1332893

Posted by: ఆంద్రప్రదేశ్ ప్రత్యేక హోదా^  112 news posts
Train No.16301 / 16302 Shoranur – Thiruvananthapuram– Shoranur Venad express trains have been provided stoppage at Sasthankotta railway station on experimental basis for a period of six months with effect from 20.01.2017 to 20.07.2017 as detailed below.

Arrival/Departure timings of
Train No.16301
– Thiruvananthapuram
Venad express
Railway Station
Arrival/Departure timings of
Train No.16302
Thiruvananthapuram - Shoranur
Venad express
20.12 / 20.13 hrs.

06.31 / 06.32 hrs.

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Jan 20 2017 (02:17)
KaithalKarnalMeerutRailwayProject~   1304 blog posts
Re# 2132896-5            Tags   Past Edits
No there are many halts which are not made permanent.
This is not always that Halts are politically influenced.
Example : 12311/2 Kalka Howrah Kalka Mail had stoppage at Narela which is removed now.

Jan 20 2017 (02:37)
Marwar Mavli Gauge conversion must start ASAP^~   83630 blog posts   5301 correct pred (78% accurate)
Re# 2132896-6            Tags   Past Edits
This is a fast passenger

Jan 20 2017 (09:31)
Rail Fanning~   2697 blog posts
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This is a good rare exception. I hope that they do it for many other trains.
Nov 04 2016 (21:30)  Another crack spotted on track (epaperbeta.timesofindia.com)
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Nov 04 2016 (9:30PM)
Station Tag: Sasthamkotta/STKT added by Karthik Iyer ^~/248735

Nov 04 2016 (9:30PM)
Train Tag: Parasuram Express/16650 added by Karthik Iyer ^~/248735

Posted by: karthik iyer^~  610 news posts
Another crack on the rail track was spotted near Sasthamcotta railway station around 8am on Thursday. The crack was spotted during a routine inspection by the gatekeeper and was reported to the authorities at Kollam immediately .
This is the fifth crack found on the stretch within a couple of months. The rail traffic towards Ernakulam was delayed for one and a half hours due to this.
The Mangalore-bound Parasuram Express that reached minutes after spotting the crack was stopped at Sasthamcotta station. The railway engineering workers fixed the crack within an hour
and the traffic resumed after that.
It was only a month ago that a freight train was derailed not far from where the crack was spotted on Thursday at Sasthamcotta.
May 29 2014 (18:18)  Removal of 160+ Train Stoppages in Kerala and More (24coaches.com)
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May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Station Tag: Sasthamkotta/STKT added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Station Tag: Karunagappalli/KPY added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Train Tag: Vanchinad Express/16304 added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Train Tag: Island Express/16526 added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Train Tag: Vanchinad Express/16303 added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

May 29 2014 (6:18PM)
Train Tag: Island Express/16525 added by Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone/983907

Posted by: Kerala Needs Own WCoR Zone  7 news posts
A good example that shows how Kerala and its hallowed population of Malayalees are dedicated to the ideals of socialism are its trains. Outside Kerala you might be a big-ass Rajdhani, a fast intercity or overnight express, a super-prestigious superfast sharing the name with your state or an ultra-long haul express heading to the farthest frontiers of the country. But once you cross into Kerala, all trains are equal, or more easily said, every train is a passenger train. Your thundering, high-flying rip roaring superfast with hours of unbroken fast runs will get converted into a mousy commuter passenger train stopping every 15 kilometers or less.
The state of trains in the state of Kerala is well known. The average speed
of train travel in Kerala is a miserable 39 kilometers per hour. Tiny stations host mighty Superfasts (Vaikom Road – has only one platform, no other express stops there, but the Kerala Express does!) Long distance passengers sweat hours out to reach their destinations as trains crawl along past all the Parappanangadis, Trippunithuras and Karunagappallys. We have epic fails such as the Malabar, Mangalore, Parasuram, Island, Venad, Executive etc “Expresses” which have a halt every 12-14 km with average speeds never going above 40 kmph! Even the Kerala Express has 10 stops in its first 240 kilometers! Heck, even the Rajdhani has 8 halts in Kerala!
Why are Trains in Kerala so Slow?
One reason is the low MPS (Maximum Permissible Speed) of tracks thanks to the terrain, curves, high traffic volume etc., But the biggest contributing factor is the large number of stops trains in Kerala have to make. The reasons for why there are so many stops for trains in Kerala are well known:
Extremely urbanized state with dense populations spread equally throughout the state
A highly affluent and mobile populace
Severe limitations of fast road transport options
No viable fast commuter train systems (EMUs etc)
Large number of migrant Malayalees traveling to other states
Politics. Use of railways and train stoppages as a political tool
Politicians from Kerala whose idea of “development” other than installing high-mast floodlights force the railways to allocate stoppages for all trains wherever possible, mostly for “prestige” reasons rather than to serve any real economic purpose, slowing down trains further. As a result, people going from Kottayam and Ernakulam to Bangalore as well as those going from Kottayam to Ernakulam have to depend on the Island Express.
JanShatabdi Speeding Kerala
The Jan Shatabdi Overtaking the Island Express
However, all this is going to change! The Railway Board has recently announced the decision to cancel around 160+ existing stoppages (including most temporary stops) in Kerala for some 45 trains from July 1 2014, when the new timetable comes into effect. The stops to be removed were decided upon by studying the revenue earned from those respective stations for the trains. What is shocking is not the an unprecedentedly large number of stops being removed, it is that the removal of any temporary stops is totally unheard of! Trains on the Indian Railways are allocated new stoppages as a “temporary” measure for usually 6 months after which the railways “reviews” collections from the stations and decides whether those stops are profitable enough to be permanently added to the train’s timetable. But as it goes, those trains will never lose these stops as the temporary halts get extended and extended thanks to politics. There are some trains which are stopping at “temporary” halts for a decade or more! Once a temporary halt is announced, it is as good as a permanent halt. But seeing that this allocation of stops has now reached ridiculous proportions (Mayyanad, Cheriyanad etc), the railway board has decided to do away with stoppages whose collections are so meager that it does not warrant a stoppage for a train at those stations.
List of trains whose which stops have been removed wef July 1
Please note that this decision is not final and binding, the railways may decide to recall some of these stops or all of them. Any such announcement will be updated here.
Regular Daily Express Trains
Train No. Train Name Train Route List of Stoppages Removed No.
13352 13351 Dhanbad Express ALLP DHN ALLP Mararikulam MAKM, Turavur TUVR 2
16041 16042 Alleppy Express MAS ALLP MAS Idapalli IPL 1
16187 16188 Tea Garden Exp KIK ERS KIK Nidamangalam NMJ, Budlaur BAL, Idapalli IPL 3
16257 16258 Yeshwantpur Express YPR CAN YPR Kuttipuram KTU, Podanur PTJ, Tiruppur TUP, Carmelaram CRLM, Banaswadi BAND 5
16301 16302 Venad Express SRR TVC SRR Mayyanad MYY 1
16303 Vanchinad Express ERS TVC Trippunithura TRTR, Karunagappally KPY, Sasthamkotta STKT, Paravur PVU, Chirayinkeezhu CRY 5
16304 Vanchinad Express TVC ERS Kazhakoottam KZK, Chirayinkeezhu CRY, Paravur PVU, Sasthamkotta STKT, Karunagapally KPY, Mulamturutti MNTT, Trippunithura TRTR 7
16305 16306 Intercity Express ERS CAN ERS Angamali AFK, Chalakudi CKI, Tanur TAN, Parappanangadi PGI, Mahe MAHE 5
16307 16308 Executive Express ALLP CAN ALLP Puthukkad PUK, Wadakkanchery WKI, Vallikunnu VLI 3
16313 16314 Executive Express ERS CAN ERS Puthukkad PUK, Wadakkanchery WKI 2
16315 16316 Kochuveli Bangalore Express SBC KCVL SBC Kayankulam KYJ, Harippad HAD, Ambalapuzha AMPA, Cherthala SRTL, Aluva AWY, Tiruppur TUP, Tiruppathur TPT, Kuppam KPN 8
16341 16342 Intercity Express GUV TVC GUV Mayyanad MYY, Mararikulam MAKM 2
16345 16346 Nethravathi Express TVC LTT TVC Varkala VAK, Karunagapally KPY, Mookambika Road BYNR 3
16347 16348 Mangalore Express TVC MAQ TVC Mayyanad MYY 1
16349 16350 Rajyarani Express TVC NIL TVC Tuvvur TUV, Valiyapuzha VZ 2
16381 Jayanti Janata CSTM CAPE Yadgir YG, Karunagapally KPY, Eraniel ERL. 3
16382 Jayanti Janata CAPE CSTM Parassala PASA, Chirayinkeezhu CRY, Kadakkavur KVU, Paravur PVU, Karunagapally KPY, Yadgir YG 6
16525 Island Express CAPE SBC Parassala PASA, Chirayinkeezhu CRY, Kadakkavur KVU, Paravur PVU, Shasthamkotta STKT, Trippunithura TRTR, Puthukkad PUK 7
16526 Island Express SBC CAPE Puthukkad PUK, Trippunithura TRTR, Piravam Road PVRD, Sasthamkotta STKT, Paravur PVU, Kadakkavur KVU, Chirayinkeezhu CRY, Trivandrum Pettah TVP, Dhanuvachapuram DAVM, Parassala PASA, Kuzhithurai West KZTW, Palliyadi PYD. 12
16603 16604 Maveli Express MAQ TVC MAQ Karunagapally KPY 1
16605 16606 Ernad Express NCJ MAQ MCJ Kuzhitturai KZT, Harippad HAD, Ambalapuzha AMPA, Cherthala SRTL, Turavur TUVR, Aluva AWY, Chalakudi CKI, Pattambi PTB 8
16627 16628 West Coast MAS MAQ MAS Parappanangadi PGI, Sankaridurg SGE, Walajah Road WJR 3
16649 16650 Parasuram MAQ NCJ MAQ Paravur PVU, Sasthamkotta STKT, Trippunithura TRTR 3
17229 Sabari TVC HYB Varkala VAK, Karunagapally KPY, Kayankulam KYJ, Mavelikara MVK, Morappur MAP 5
56365 Fast Passenger GUV PUU Karukutti KUC, Kalamasserry KLMR, Idapalli IPL, Mulanturutti MNTT, Kuruppantara KNPP, Cheriyanad CYN, Perinad PRND, Kilikollur KLQ, Kuri KIF 9
Daily Superfast Express Trains
Train No Train Name Train Route Removed Stoppages List No
12624 Chennai Mail TVC MAS Avadi AVD 1
12625 12626 Kerala Express TVC NDLS TVC Mavelikara MVLK, Changanasserry CGY, Vaikom Road VKRD, Ottappalam OTP 5
12677 12678 Bangalore Intercity SBC ERS SBC Carmelaram CRLM 1
12695 Trivandrum Superfast MAS TVC Vaniyambadi VN, Changanasserry CGY, Tiruvalla TRVL, Mavelikara MVLK, Varkala VAK 5
12696 Chennai Superfast TVC MAS Varkala VAK, Vaniyambadi VN, Arakkonam AJJ 3
22608 22609 Intercity MAQ CBE MAQ Vadakara BDJ, Parappanangadi PGI 2
Premium Trains
Train No. Train Name Train Route List of Removed Stoppages No.
12075 12076 Jan Shatabdi CLT TVC CLT Aluva AWY 1
12081 12082 Jan Shatabdi CAN TVC CAN Mavelikara MVLK 1
12201 LTT Garib Rath LTT KCVL Kasargod KGQ, Tirur TIR, Tiruvalla TRVL, Chengannur CGNR, Kayamkulam KYJ 5
12202 LTT Garib Rath KCVL LTT Tirur TIR 1
12257 12258 YPR Garib Rath YPR KCVL YPR Hosur HSRA, Mavelikara MVLK, Kayamkulam KYJ 3
22207 22208 Super AC Exp MAS TVC MAS Alappuzha ALLP 1
Non-Daily Express and Superfast Trains
Train No Train Name Train Route List of Deleted Halts No.
12697 Weekly TVC SF MAS TVC Salem SA, Podanur PTJ, Kazhakoottam KZK 3
12698 Weekly MAS SF TVC MAS Podanur PTJ, Salem SA 2
12777 12778 Hubli Express UBL KCVL UBL Tiruvalla TRVL 1
16312 Bikaner Exp TVC BKN Aluva AWY 1
16334 Veraval Express TVC VRL Vadakara BDJ, Kanjangad KZE, Vapi VAPI 3
16336 Gandhidham Exp TVC GIMB Thalasserry TLY, Boisar BOR, Vapi VAPI 3
16857 16858 PDY MAQ Exp PDY MAQ PDY Mahe MAHE 1
18568 Vizag Exp QLN VSKP Sasthamkotta STKT, Mavelikara MVLK, Changanasserry CGY, Singarayakonda SKM 4
19259 19260 Bhavnagar Exp KCVL BVC KCVL Mookambika Road BYDR, Chengannur CNGR 2
22852 Vivek Express MAQ SRC Payyannur PAY, Thalasserry TLY 2
Stations Having Lost the Most Number of Stops and Trains
No. Station Trains Not Halting Anymore
5 Varkala VAK Netravathi, TVC-MAS SF, Sabari (17229 only)
5 Chirayinkeezhu CRY Island, Vanchinad, Jayanti (16382 only)
6 Trippunithura TRTR Island, Vanchinad, Parasuram
6 Aluva AWY Jan Shatabdi, Ernad, Kochuveli-Bangalore
6 Parappanangadi PGI West Coast, Executive, MAQ-CBE Intercity
6 Kayamkulam YPR Garib Rath, Kochuveli-Bangalore, Sabari (17229), LTT Garib Rath (12201)
7 Paravur PVU Vanchinad, Island, Parasuram, Jayanti (16382)
8 Sasthamkotta STKT Island, Vanchinad, Parasuram, QLN-Vizag
9 Karunagappally KPY Vanchinad, Maveli, Jayanti, Netravathi, Sabari (17229)
10 Mavelikara MVLK Kerala, YPR Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Vizag-QLN, MAS-TVC SF (12695), Sabari (17229)
You can see that most of those stoppages are for trains south of Ernakulam, in the Trivandrum (TVC) division. Interestingly, some trains like the 12623/4 Chennai – Trivandrum Mail and the 12341/2 Rajdhani have not been touched. It looks like all those stoppages are indeed profitable.
But what is the use of a train if it runs without stopping anywhere?
A long-distance express train should not halt everywhere because is primarily meant to cater to long-distance passengers and not to local commuters. A train like the Kerala Express which has to travel 3000 km and is meant to cater to ultra-long haul passengers made to stop every 20 km in Kerala is nothing short of absurdity. Repeated stoppages for trains come at a huge, huge time cost for long-distance passengers who have to sacrifice their time and money for the commuter passenger. The problem with Kerala is that every long distance train is seen as a commuter train. Indian Railways or the state government must start local Intercity commuter expresses (as was suggested on this blog itself) and other local trains (EMUs) for shorter distance passengers so that they can commute comfortably and long distance trains and their passengers are left in peace. These EMUs and Intercities can also act as connections for long distance trains. This is how it is done in developed economies. Indians should be saved from having to travel in crowded general compartments of some Bilaspur – Tirunelveli Express to get from Aluva to Alappuzha.
In all probability, the order for most of these stops to be discontinued will be withdrawn, albeit temporarily. I hope Indian Railways and Southern Railway will cancel some of these stops permanently.

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Jun 09 2014 (12:30)
nithkkv9788   94 blog posts
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Its not a good decision.. Becuase an express train has average speed 45-50kmph and SF has 55kmph... Kerala express has 60kmph as its average speed, means no need to remove its stoppage... Athallathe Tamilnadu express enna name'l Tamilnadil oreyoru stop ulla trainine kalum Nammude Kerala express king alle... Keralathil evde nirttiyalum 100 perengilum kerum... Athupoleyalla Tamilnadil... So SR should rearrange the time table...
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