We have covered various long metre gauge journeys which were possible in 1976, such as Delhi-Madras, Madras-Bangalore, Delhi-Bangalore etc. There was also East-West route from Okha (or Varvala) to Lekhapani. These were the furthest west and east points of IR at that time.
Now we come to the route connecting the northern extreme and southern extreme points of metre gauge.
At that time the northern extreme of IR was Jammu Tawi on BG. On MG it was Kot Kapura:
For a short time in the 19th century MG extended from Kot Kapura to Ferozepur (Cantt?) making it the northern extreme of MG at that time.
In the south, there was Tiruchendur, on a branch line from Tirunelveli was the southern extreme of metre gauge. Earlier Trivandrum Central had this honour, although it was converted to BG by 1975.
This North-South MG route was touched upon here:
Anyway, the full route including important stations and distances is given below. Spellings of place names are those given in timetables of 1976. The distances between Khandwa and Hingoli had a separate “chargeable distance”, although we have used actual distances here.
As of 2022, a large proportion of this route is now broad gauge, while the remaining metre gauge counts off its last days.
This route passes through NR, WR,CR, SCR and SR as they were at that time.
It passes through the states of PB, HR, RJ, MP, MH, AP, TN (besides the future TG).
Km Station Name Note
0 Kot Kapura
260 Bhiwani Jn
343 Rewari NR ends
1271 Khandwa WR ends
1654 Purna CR ends
2200 Kurnool Town
2309 Guntakal SCR ends
2556 Madanapalle Road
2722 Vellore Cantt
3051 Tiruchchirapalli Jn
3206 Madurai Jn
3363 Tirunelveli Jn
3425 Tiruchendur SR