The Great Southern of India, a Railway Company was established in 1853 with Tiruchirappalli as its headquarters. In 1859, the company constructed its first railway line that connected Tiruchirappalli with Nagapattinam. Presently, Tiruchirappalli is an important railway junction in Tamil Nadu and is a separate division of the Southern Railway.
Five rail lines branch separately from Trichy junction:
Towards north for Vriddhachalam, Chennai, Tirupati, Nellore, etc.,
Towards east for Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Karaikal Port, Karaikal, etc.,
Towards south-east for Pudukkottai, Karaikudi, Manamadurai, Rameswaram.
Towards south for Madurai, Tirunelveli, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Quilon etc.,
Towards west for Karur, Erode, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Palakkad Jn, etc.,
Trichy is well connected by rail network, for both passenger and cargo sidings, as shown in the Table below:
||Nearest Rail Siding - Srirangam 17 Kms
||Nearest Rail Junction - Trichy