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Central Railway
System map
8-Central Railway
Cst cr.jpg
CR's headquarters Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Dates of operation 1951–
Predecessor Great Indian Peninsula Railway
Track gauge Mixed
Headquarters Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus,Mumbai

The Central Railway is one of the largest of the 16 zones of Indian Railways. Its headquarters is in Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus). It includes the first passenger railway line in India, which opened from Bombay to Thane on April 16, 1853.

The central railway covers a large part of the state of Maharashtra and parts of North-Eastern Karnataka and Southern Madhya Pradesh.

The railway zone was formed on November 5, 1951 by grouping several government-owned railways, including the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the Scindia State Railway of the former princely state of Gwalior and the Dholpur Railways.[1]

The Central Railway zone formerly included northern Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states and part of southern Uttar Pradesh, which made it the largest railway zone in India in terms of area, track mileage and staff. These areas became the new West Central Railway zone in April 2003.

Contents

Major Routes of Central Railway

  • Long Routes of Central Railway
    • Mumbai CST - Dadar - Kurla - Kalyan - Manmad - Bhusawal - Wardha - Nagpur
    • Mumbai CST - Kalyan - Neral - Lonavala - Pune
    • Pune - Daund - Solapur - Wadi
    • Pune - Satara - Sangli - Miraj - Kolhapur
    • Miraj - Pandharpur - Kurduvadi - Osmanabad - Latur - Latur Road
    • Miraj-Pandharpur route is converted from NG to BG & will be opened in 2010
  • Shorter/Branch routes of Central Railway are
    • Daund-Manmad
    • Nagpur-Amla-Itarsi
    • Bhusawal-Khandwa
    • Wardha-Ballarshah
    • Diva-Panvel-Roha
    • Badnera-Amaravati
    • Daund-Baramati
    • Puntamba-Shirdi
    • Chalisgaon-Dhule
    • Pachora-Jamner
    • Pulgaon-Arvi
    • Murtijapur-Yavatml
    • Murtijapur-Achalapur
    • Jalamb-Khamgaon
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Connections

Central railway zone connects to other Zones of Indian railways as at

  • Vasai Road Jn(WR) to Mumbai WR railway division of Western Railway Zone,
  • Roha to Konkan Railway
  • Mamnad Jn to Nanded railway division of South Central Railway Zone,
  • Jalgaon Jn to Mumbai WR railway division of Western Railway Zone,
  • Khandwa Jn to Bhopal railway division of Western Central Railway Zone
  • Khandwa Jn to Nanded railway division of South Central Railway Zone for Meter Gauge
  • Akola Jn to Nanded railway division of South Central Railway Zone for Meter Gauge
  • Nagpur Jn to Nagpur SEC railway division of South East Central Railway Zone
  • Itarsi Jn(WCR) to Bhopal division of Western Central Railway Zone,
  • Chhindwara(SECR) to Nagpur SEC railway division of South East Central Railway Zone
  • Ballarshah to Secundarabad railway division of South Central Railway Zone
  • Pimpalkutti to Nanded railway division of South Central Railway Zone
  • Wadi Jn to Secundarabad railway division of South Central Railway Zone
  • Wadi Jn to Guntakal railway division of South Central Railway Zone
  • Hotgi Jn to Hubli railway division of South Western Railway Zone
  • Miraj Jn to Hubli railway division of South Western Railway Zone
  • Latur Road to Nanded division of South Central Railway Zone

Neral Matheran Line

Constructed in 1907, the narrow gauge Matheran line connects Neral on the Mumbai-Pune main line with the hill station of Matheran in the Western Ghats, east of Mumbai. Neral is linked to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) by frequent suburban electric trains. Steam engines have now been replaced by diesel locomotives but it is still a pleasurable journey. The route is noted for its sharp curves.

Divisions of Central Railway

It is organized into five divisions: Mumbai CST, Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur and Pune. The details of the network divisionwise are as follows [2]

Mumbai Division

  • Mumbai CST-Dadar-Kurla
    • Mumbai CST - Wadala Road- Kurla (Harbour Line)
      • Wadala - Kings Circle - Mahin Jn - Bandra (Harbour Line)
    • Kurla - Trombay(Goods)
    • Kurla - Mankhud - Vashi - Nerul - Belapur - Panvel
      • Sanpada - Airoli - Thane
  • Kurla-Thane-Diva Jn- Kalyan
    • Diva Jn-Panvel-Roha
      • Panvel-Jasai-Uran
        • Jasai-JNPT
    • Diva Jn- Vasai Road
  • Kalyan Jn-Kasara-Igatpuri (Inclusive)
  • Kalyan Jn-Neral Jn-Karjat Jn-Lonavala (Inclusive)
    • Neral Jn - Matheran (Narrow Gauge)
    • Karjat Jn-Panvel
    • Karjat Jn-Khopoli

Nagpur Division

Solapur Division

Pune Division

[3]

Notable Trains

Projects

New line

Doubling

  • Solapur-Mohol(Doubling)

Conversion

  • Kurduvadi-Latur(NG to BG)
  • Miraj-Pandharpur(NG to BG)

See also

References

  1. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, p.42
  2. ^ cnt-rly
  3. ^ Welcome to Central Railways - Construction > Projects

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