Barabanki Junction railway station

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Barabanki Junction
Indian Railway Junction Station
Barabanki Jn Railway Station Outside View.jpg
View of Barabanki Junction (Barabanki city Side)
Station statistics
Address Barabanki city & Banki town, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates 26°56′03″N 81°10′45″E / 26.9342°N 81.1793°E / 26.9342; 81.1793Coordinates: 26°56′03″N 81°10′45″E / 26.9342°N 81.1793°E / 26.9342; 81.1793
Elevation 122 m
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 4
Tracks 10
Parking Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Opened 1 April 1872[1]
Rebuilt 1940s
Electrified 2002-03[2]
Station code BBK
Zone(s) Northern Railway & North Eastern Railway
Owned by North Eastern Railway of Indian Railways (since 1953)
Operator Northern Railway & North Eastern Railway
Station status Functioning
Formerly Indian Branch Rly. Co. (1896-1953)
* Cawnpore-Burhwal Railway(1896-1943)
* Cawnpore-Barabanki Railway(1943-1953)

Barabanki Junction (Hindi: बाराबंकी जंक्शन, Urdu: بارا بنکی جنکشن‎) or Barabanki station is the intercity rail station and a commuter rail hub in the Indian city of Barabanki. It has been important junction since British days.[3] In its category it is one of the most busiest stations in India. The Barabanki Junction Railway Station is on the Delhi-Gorakhpur broad gauge route in Uttar Pradesh. Barabanki Junction is also the main hub for the Barabanki-Lucknow Suburban Railway. Barabanki railway station lies in the zone of highest density stations.[4]


The station became operational on 1 April 1872 with the opening of Burhwal-Barabanki section. It got connected to Lucknow on 24 November 1896 with the opening of Daliganj-Barabanki section. The station underwent major renovation in 1940s.

Of the 301 miles of the Bengal and North Western Railway main line was 17 miles consisting of following section which was used to connect Barabanki from Burhwal:

  • Burwhal-Barabanki line (17 miles)
    • Burhwal to Barabanki (Broad gauge) opened 1 April 1872
    • Burhwal to Barabanki (Broad to Mixed gauge) converted 24 November 1896
    • Burhwal to Barabanki (Mixed to Metre gauge) converted around 1943

18 miles of the Cawnpore-Burhwal Railway which was later renamed as Cawnpore-Barabanki Railway, was used to connect Barabanki from Daliganj:

  • Daliganj-Barabanki line (18 miles)
    • Daliganj to Barabanki (Metre gauge) opened 24 November 1896

In 1981 Railway Budget two enhancements related to Barabanki were proposed:[5]

  • Northern Railway Budget section,
    • Barabanki-Lucknow section: additional broad gauge line and other connected works
  • North Eastern Railway,
    • Barabanki-Samastipur section: conversion of metre gauge section via Muzzafarpur into broad gauge

Major Features[edit]

Foot Over bridge

There is 1 foot-over bridge toward Lucknow side.

Improvement in the lighting work

Massive improvement in the lighting work has been taken up.

Availability of drinking water

For tackling the water crisis, round the clock water monitoring cell has been brought in the action, wherein senior supervisors of three departments viz mechanical, civil and electrical are manning the platforms to ensure that there is a regular water supply at the platforms and also the water is available in the water tanks of various trains. The grievance cell has been made available to the passengers for getting their complaints registered related to non-availability of drinking water. The maintenance of the existing retiring room and dormitories would be taken up in the next phase. Newly ash tile locked platform surface have been made on all four platform .

Passenger Facilitation Center

The passenger facilitation center would provide the passengers with all the necessary help from our railway staff under one roof only like train enquiry, ticket counter retiring room/dormitory book, wheel chair booking for the handicapped passengers, sale of railway time-table and the platforms tickets. Also, all railway announcements would be made from there only. The central railway station will also have passenger amenity center in which the waiting hall and waiting room, booking office include three uts one prs, passenger facilitation center, cloak room, luggage and parcel booking office etc. will be there on platform only.Rickshaw regularly available outside station parking stand.


Electrification of tracks at Barabanki Jn took place in two phases spread across span of almost ten years.

Phase I[edit]

Phase I of electrification of tracks passing through Barabanki Jn took place in 2002-03 in two steps,[2]

Step 1 - Safedabad-Barabanki

Electrification of tracks between Safedabad railway station and Barabanki Jn was completed on 29 September 2002.

Step 2 - Barabanki Yard

Electrification of tracks at Barabanki Yard was completed on 29 March 2003.

Phase II[edit]

Phase II of electrification of 30 km of tracks from Barabanki Jn to Burhwal Jn (section of Gorakhpur-Lucknow route) took place in 2010-11 and got completed in May 2011.[6]

Goods Yard[edit]

Barabanki station have two yards one at Faizabad route side and other at Gorakhpur route side. This yard used for load and unload purpose of commodities mainly coal, fertilizer, cement, stone, food grains etc.

Barabanki station yard is being remodelled in order to complete bifurcation scheme from Gorakhpur to Barabanki, which would save about an hour for super fast trains to reach Gorakhpur from Lucknow through Barabanki. It is expected that operation of the trains will start from first week of April 2013. As of March 2013 the bifurcation is left from Barabanki to Jahangirabad.[7]

Routes from Barabanki Junction[edit]

  • Lucknow Jn → Barabanki Jn → Gorakhpur
  • Lucknow → Barabanki Jn → Faizabad Jn
  • Barabanki Jn → Barabanki Sugar Mill → Barabanki FCI

Trains passing through Barabanki Junction[edit]

Daily 125 trains pass through Barabanki Junction. Normally around six thousand passengers pass through this railway station, this number can be higher on special occasions e.g. during season of Kumbh Mela 2013, on 7, 8 and 9 February 2013, 8500, 8700 and 8000 passengers travelled from Barabanki to Lucknow railway station to catch trains for Allahabad as there is no direct train from Barabanki to Allahabad.[8]

Other Trains[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ The 17 miles long Burwhal to Barabanki broad gauge line was opened on 1 April 1872
  2. ^ a b [IRFCA] Electrification History from CORE
  3. ^ India Railway Police Committee (1921). "India Railway Police Committee Report, Volumes 1-2". Printed at the Government Monotype Press. p. 277. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Transport Geography of Uttar Pradesh, Issue 2 of N.G.S.I. research publication". 1966. National Geographical Society of India. p. 44. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Explanatory Memorandum on the Railway Budget of the Government of India". India Railway Board. Government of India Press. 1981. pp. 37, 39. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  6. ^ Railways electrifies Barabanki-Burhwal route, The Times of India, 15 May 2011, 03.38pm IST
  7. ^ Agarwal, Bipin Chand (22 March 2013). "Trains to ply on new rail bridge from April". Times of India. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "यहां तो सामान्य दिनों में भी रहती है अव्यवस्था (in Hindi)". Dainik Jagran. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 

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