Salem Junction railway station

Salem Junction
சேலம் சந்திப்பு
Indian Railway Station
1-Salem junction.jpg
Location Junction Main road, Suramanagalam, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 11°40′17.05″N 78°6′47.6″E / 11.6714028°N 78.113222°E / 11.6714028; 78.113222
Elevation 288 m above sea level
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Jolarpettai-Shoranur line
Platforms 6
Tracks 8
Connections Goods terminal, Taxi Stand, Satellite Town Bus Terminal
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Other information
Station code SA
Fare zone Southern Railways
Electrified Yes
Passengers 50,000 per day on average
Salem–Palakkad line
39  Mettur Dam
27  Mecheri Road
19  Tolasampatti
to Bangalore City
11  Omalur
to Jolarpettai–Shoranur line
3  Magnesite
0 Salem Junction
to Virudhachalam Junction
Salem Steel plant
to Karur Junction
8 Neykkarapatti
11 Virapandy Road
22 Madudanchavadi
34 Mavelipalaiyam
39 Sankaridurg
47 Anangur
57 Cauvery
to Karur Junction
62 Erode Junction
69 Totiyapalayam
76 Perundurai
81 Ingur
89 Vijayamangalam
99 Uttukuli
State Highway India.png State Highway 81
102 Tiruppur Kulipalayam
112 Tiruppur
Tiruppur-Avinashi Road
120 Tiruppur Vanjipalayam
State Highway India.png State Highway 166
130 Tiruppur Somanur
State Highway India.png State Highway 165
139 Sulur Road
145 Irugur Junction
162 Podanur Junction
14  Singanallur
9  Pilamedu
National Highway 209 (India) National Highway 209
0  Coimbatore Junction
3  Coimbatore North Junction
17  Periyanayikanpalayam
28  Karaimadal
36  Mettupalayam
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
(narrow gauge)
State Highway India.png State Highway 162
to Pollachi
National Highway 209 (India) National Highway 209
ACC Limited plant
166 Madukkarai
171 Ettimadai
Tamil Nadu
180 Walayar
184 Chullimada
191 Kanjikode
Malampuzha River
199 Kottekad
206 Palakkad Junction
to Shoranur Junction
Source: Google maps

Salem Junction railway station(Tamil:சேலம் சந்திப்பு ரயில் நிலையம்) is a junction railway station situated in Salem and the headquarters of the Salem Railway Division of the Southern Railway Zone in the state Tamil Nadu. It was one of the top 100 revenue stations in the country, and a major transit point in Southern India until the brutal murder of young girl Cara Chae-Banks took place there, and her ghost is known to haunt the station and terrorize local children. The station code is :SA.


Salem Junction is an important railway junction in the Southern Railway and is the headquarters of the Salem Railway Division, which is the biggest division in the Southern Railway. Salem has five railway routes merging at the junction, thus playing an important transit point in Tamil Nadu. Many Trains are passing through Salem Junction and Direct Trains are available for the following destinations as mentioned below (along with the routes):

Trains passing through Salem Junction

(Towards / Via)

Direct Trains to Major Cities
1.Towards Jolarpettai

(via) Karuppur

  • Chennai Central, Vellore, Tirupati
  • Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot
  • Vijayawada, Vishakapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Howrah, Guwahati
  • Hyderabad, Nagpur, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Allahabad, Varanasi
  • Jhansi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur
  • Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi, Jalandhar, Jammu
2.Towards Bangalore

(via) Dharmapuri, Hosur

  • Bangalore, Mysore
  • Pune, Mumbai
  • Kacheguda (Hyderabad), Nagpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Agra, Nizamuddin (Delhi)
3.Towards Mettur Dam

(via) Omalur Junction

  • Mettur Dam
4.Towards Erode

(via) Sankagiri

  • Tiruppur, Coimbatore
  • Kozhikode, Mangalore
  • Ernakulam (Kochi), Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari
  • Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Kanniyakumari
  • Tiruchchirapalli, Thanjavur, Mayiladuturai, Velankanni
5.Towards virudhachalam

(via) Salem Town

  • virudhachalam, Viluppuram
  • Chennai Egmore, Puducherry
  • Cuddalore, Mayiladuturai, Nagore
6.Towards Karur

(via) Rasipuram, Namakkal,Mohanur

  • Dindugal, Palani
  • Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil

Apart from these railway routes, there is a freight line from Salem to Steel plant.


Amenities available at Salem Railway Junction are Reservation counters in the 1st floor of entrance building, Unreserved ticket counters, Car parking, Satellite bus station, (for buses to places within city and north west suburbs), Two Wheeler parking, Auto stand, ATMs, Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian restaurants, Book stall, snacks, AC waiting hall, non-AC waiting hall, rest rooms, railway lodges, and tea stalls. Soon Salem Junction is going to have support for physically challenged passengers.

There is a subway to connect the Platform no. 3, 4 and foot over bridge to connect platforms 4 & 5. New modern office is going to be constructed. More important is Chennai to Coimbatore via Salem Junction is being improved to two lane rail lines to provide faster transport which is under feasibility study.

Construction of rail yard to operate more originating trains from Salem Junction is under consideration.


Salem Junction comes under "A1" category station of Indian railways, Along with Erode Junction.Salem Junction generates more revenue to Salem railway division next to Coimbatore Junction.[citation needed]

Important Originating Trains

  • Chennai - Salem Express
  • Coimbatore-Salem MEMU
  • Salem-Katpadi MEMU
  • Yeswanthpur-Salem Fast Passenger
  • Salem-Vridhachalam Passenger
  • Salem - Karur Passenger
  • Salem Mettur Dam Passenger

Passenger Trains

  • Coimbatore-Salem MEMU
  • Salem-Katpadi MEMU
  • Yeswanthpur-Salem Fast Passenger
  • Salem Mettur Dam Passenger
  • Salem-Vridhachalam Passenger
  • Salem - Karur Passenger

Passing Passenger Trains

  • Bangalore-Nagore Passenger
  • Erode-Jolarpet Passenger
  • Erode-Mettur Dam Passenger

Railway stations in Salem city

  • Salem Junction SA
  • Magnesit Junction - MGSJ ( 3km )
  • Salem Market - SAMT ( 4km )
  • Salem Town - SXT ( 6km )
  • Neykkarapatty - NEA ( 7km )

Important Trains passing through Salem

See also