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

The central railway covers a large part of the state of Maharashtramarker and parts of North-Eastern Karnatakamarker and Southern Madhya Pradeshmarker.

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 Gwaliormarker and the Dholpur Railways.

The Central Railway zone formerly included northern Madhya Pradeshmarker and Chhattisgarhmarker states and part of southern Uttar Pradeshmarker, 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.

Major Routes of Central Railway

  • Mumbai CST - Dadar - Kurla - Kalyan - Manmad - Bhusawal - Wardha - Nagpur
    • Kasara-Igatpuri-Manmad-Bhusawal
    • Bhusawal-Wardha-Nagpur
    • Nagpur-Amla-Itarsi
    • Bhusawal-Khandwa
    • Wardha-Ballarshah


  • Kalyan - Neral - Lonavala - Pune - Daund - Solapur - Wadi
    • Pune-Miraj-Kolhapur
    • Daund-Manmad
    • Diva-Panvel-Roha


  • Other branch routes are
    • Badnera-Amaravati
    • Daund-Baramati
    • Kurduvadi-Pandharpur
    • Kurduvadi-Osmanabad-Latur-Latur Road
    • Puntamba-Shirdi
    • Chalisgaon-Dhule
    • Pachora-Jamner
    • Pulgaon-Arvi
    • Murtijapur-Yavatml
    • Murtijapur-Achalapur
    • Jalamb-Khamgaon


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 Neralmarker on the Mumbaimarker-Punemarker main line with the hill station of Matheranmarker in the Western Ghats, east of Mumbaimarker. Neral is linked to Mumbaimarker's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminusmarker) 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: Mumbaimarker CST, Bhusawalmarker, Nagpurmarker, Solapurmarker and Punemarker. The details of the network divisionwise are as follows

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



Notable Trains



Projects

New line



Doubling

  • Solapur-Moholmarker(Doubling)

Conversion

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

See also

References

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