Railway Stations

Established in 1851 by the British rulers in India, Indian Railways today constitutes one of the largest and busiest rail networks in the world. With railway stations in almost every corner of the country, Indian Railways has been making continuous efforts to connect all the remote places of India to the major cities. Presently, Indian Railways encompasses about 8000 stations throughout the country.

Completed about 150 years of its glorious journey, the passenger train service was first introduced in 1853, when a train was run between Bori Bunder Bombay and Thane. The passenger train in Eastern region of India was first run between the stations of Howrah and Hooghly in West Bengal, on 15th August, 1854.In dye course, Indian Railways started to spread its network throughout the country and several stations were also established. Till 1947, 42 railway stations were established all over the country and by 1951, all the zones of Indian railways were nationalized. Presently, the stations and the operations of the Indian railways were subdivided into 16 zones.

Presently, all the stations of Indian railways are well organized and designed to cater to the requirements of the passengers. In addition to that, the stations provide multiple facilities to the passengers. Always strive for ensuring maximum passenger satisfaction, a significant number of Indian railway stations have recently been brought under a centralized computerized system. There are spacious and large waiting rooms for the passengers in the stations and there are also adequate numbers of clean lavatories. Most of the stations have snacks or food stalls galore on the platforms. There is also arrangement for drinking water at the Indian Railways stations. Moreover, an electronic announcement system has been introduced in all the Indian Railways stations by which the passengers are informed about the arrival and departure of the trains. For the convenience of passengers of all the announcements are made in English, Hindi and the native language of that particular station. The ticket counters and reservation centers in the stations remain open round the clock as well. Presently efforts are being made to upgrade all the stations with excellent and modern facilities.

Still there are many stations, through which only local trains pass and the long-distance trains usually do not pass through them. However, efforts are being made to upgrade these stations. About 14,000 trains run through these Indian Railway stations regularly.

Among the 8000 stations, all over India, the Lucknow station is considered the busiest of all the Indian Railways stations. About 64 trains pass through this station every day. While Lucknow is the busiest station for the passenger trains, Dadar station in Mumbai and Sealdah in Kolkata is considered the busiest station among all the suburban stations. The Kharagpur station in West Bengal is the longest of all the railway stations not in India only but also in the world. Most of the Indian Railway stations have either broad gauge or narrow gauge lines, there are a few stations that have meter gauge railway tracks. Siliguri Railways Station in West Bengal is the only station in India that features all the three gauges.

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