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South Eastern Railway
System map
5-South Eastern Railway
Locale West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa
Dates of operation 1955–
Predecessor Eastern Railway
Headquarters Garden Reach, Kolkata
Website SER official website

The South Eastern Railway (SER) is one of the sixteen railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Garden Reach, Kolkata. It comprises four divisions: Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur and Ranchi.




The Bengal Nagpur Railway

The Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) Company was incorporated in 1887[1] to take over from the Nagpur Chattisgarh Railway and to convert the line to Broad Gauge. The work was completed in 1888. The extension of the main line from Nagpur to Asansol was completed by 1891. A 161 mile long branch line (258 km) which connected Bilaspur to Umaria coal mine was built and linked to the existing line from Umaria to Katni (1891). By the turn of the twentieth century work on the Calcutta-Bombay and Calcutta-Madras lines were completed. Through the first half of the twentieth century work on the BNR lines progressed steadily. In 1921 the Talcher coalfields were connected by a railway line starting from Nergundi. In 1931, the Raipur-Vizianagram line was set up, which connected the East Coast with the Central Province. By the end of the 1930s the BNR owned the largest narrow gauge network in the country. The BNR management was taken over by the British Indian Government on 1 October, 1944.[2] and continued to be called by that name until 14 April, 1952, when it was amalgamated with the East Indian Railway to form one of six newly carved zones of the Indian Railways : the Eastern Railway.

The South Eastern Railway

On August 1, 1955 the erstwhile Bengal Nagpur Railway portion was separated and a new zone, the South Eastern Railway came into existence.[3] In July, 1967 the South Eastern Railway took over Bankura Domodar River line.

Till April, 2003, the South Eastern Railway comprised eight divisions: Kharagpur, Adra, Sambalpur, Khurda Road, Visakhapatnam, Chakradharpur, Bilaspur and Nagpur. In April, 2003 two new zones were carved out from the SER. On 1 April, 2003 the East Coast Railway(E.Co.R) comprising South Eastern Railway's Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Vishakhapatnam divisions was dedicated to the nation and on 5 April, 2003 the South East Central Railway(S.E.C.R) comprising South Eastern Railway's Nagpur and Bilaspur divisions and a new Raipur division was dedicated to the nation. Later, on 13 April, 2003 the SER reorganized Adra and Chakradharpur divisions to form the new Ranchi division.[4] The South Eastern Railway has Electric Multiple Unit sheds located in Tikiapara and Panskura. Electric locomotive sheds are located in Santragachi, Tatanagar, and Bondamunda. Diesel locomotive sheds are located in Kharagpur, Bokaro Steel City, and Bondamunda. The coach maintenance yard is located at Santragachi. The South Eastern Railway also has a major workshop located in Kharagpur.


The South Eastern Railway(S.E) caters to states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. S.E also runs regular EMU (Electrical Multiple Units) services to areas adjecent to Kolkata, From Howrah to Kharagpur, Amta, Medinipur, Tatanagar, And Santragachi to Shalimar. It also handles major freight traffic to Kolkata and Haldia.

Important Trains from South Eastern Railway

South Eastern Railway operates following trains ...

  • 2261 = 2262 Howrah - Mumbai Duronto Express, Non-Stop, Super-Fast Train, Run in spanking New LHB Coaches
  • 2810 = 2809 Howrah - Mumbai Mail (Howrah.Jn to Mumbai C.S.T(M))
  • 2860 = 2859 Gitanjali Express (Howrah.Jn to Mumbai C.S.T(M))
  • 2839 = 2840 Coromandel Express (Howrah.Jn to Chennai Central)
  • 2841 = 2842 Howrah - Chennai Mail (Howrah.Jn to Chennai Central)
  • 2870 = 2869 Howrah - Mumbai Superfast Express (Howrah.Jn to Mumbai C.S.T(M))
  • 8030 = 8029 Shalimar - Kurla(T) Express (Shalimar to Lokmanya Tilak)
  • 8001 = 8002 Kandhari Express (Howrah.Jn to Digha)
  • 8047 = 8048 Amravathi Express (Howrah.Jn to Vasco da Gama City)

Lists of Departmental Supremos

List of Chief Electrical Engineers

Name Year of Joining Year of Retirement
I. Srirama, IRSEE
Ambika Prasad, IRSEE

List of Commercial Traffic Managers

Name Year of Joining Year of Retirement
S.N.Gupta, BNR 1948 1950
B.K.De, BNR 1950 1952

List of Chief Mechanical Engineers

Name Year of Joining Year of Retirement
R Vijaya Mohan, IRSME
P K Chatterjee, IRSME


  1. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, p.28
  2. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, p.37
  3. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, p.43
  4. ^ "Major events since trifurcation (1.4.2003)". South Eastern Railway website.  

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