Lucknow Charbagh railway station

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Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
लखनऊ चारबाग़ रेलवे स्टेशन (LKO)
لکھنؤ چارباغ ریلوے سٹیشن
Lucknow Charbagh Station Board.jpg
Lucknow Railway Station Board
Station statistics
Address Charbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919Coordinates: 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919
Elevation 123.500 metres (405.18 ft)
Line(s) Varanasi-Lucknow line
Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway
Varanasi-Rae Bareli-Lucknow line
Lucknow-New Delhi Main Line
Lucknow-Gorakhpur Line
Connections Central Bus Station, Taxi Stand, Auto Stand
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Platforms 9 (LKO) + 6 (LJN)
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Baggage check Available
Other information
Architect J.H. Hornimen
Electrified Yes
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code LKO and LJN
Owned by Indian Railways
Fare zone Northern Railway
Formerly Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway / East Indian Railway Company
Waiting Room, Dormitory and Retiring Rooms, Baggage Room, Refreshment, ATM

Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station (official name Lucknow NR, station code LKO) is one of the two main railway stations of Lucknow city for broad gauge trains. It is situated at Charbagh in the south of the city, hence the popular name. The words 'Char Bagh' refer to the four gardens which existed here earlier.[1] Lucknow city is well connected with all metro and other important cities like Banglore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Bhopal either by Lucknow Charbagh(N.R.) or by Lucknow Junction(N.E.R.). The terms "Lucknow Charbagh railway station" and "Lucknow NR station" are used for the same railway station LKO.

Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO)[edit]

Built on a raised plinth, it has a rectangular ground plan with projecting porticos. There are several towers and clusters of circular Awadhi domes. The wide, raised platforms have several halls and rooms for official purposes.

Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO) is operated by Lucknow Division of Northern Railway. Trains operated mainly by Northern Railway terminate at or pass through this station. It is also the main hub for the Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway system (MEMU). It has nine platforms. As of 20 July 2014, more than 230 trains (or 114 pairs of trains) (including 1 Duronto, 2 Rajdhani, 1 Shatabdi, 46 Superfast trains i.e. 23 pairs of superfast trains, 3 Garib Raths and 142 i.e. 71 pairs of express trains ) and 28 slow passenger trains (or 14 pairs of trains including MEMU and DEMU) started from, terminated at or passed through LKO station.[2]

The Charbagh railway station building's foundation stone was laid in 1914 and the building was completed in 1923. It is a beautiful building and from outside it looks like a palace. It has a large garden in front of the building. It incorporates the mix of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal architecture. A unique feature of the Charbagh railway station is that an aerial view of the station building shows it as a chess board and the domes and pillars of the building appear to be pieces of a chess game.[3] Architecturally, it is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.[4]

History of Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO)[edit]

Charbagh Station, the major railway station of Lucknow, is an architectural masterpiece. The ostentatious structural design of Charbagh Railway Station enthrals a tourist at the onset. Built at a whooping price of Rs. 70 lakhs, it was designed by J.H. Hornimen. The foundation of the Charbagh Railway Station was place by the Bishop, in March 1914 [5] The Lucknow division is headed by Divisional Railway Manger (DRM). o­n April 23, 1867, the 47 mile Lucknow-Kanpur section was opened for traffic. This became part of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railway. The present Lucknow division, in 1925 was part of East Indian Railway till 1952. It caters to the Rail transport requirement of the most populous state of the country, serving 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, with a total route of 1458.94 km, through 194 stations.

Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station, till 1867, was a large orchard. The present Station building was constructed in 1926 with domes and minars of Saracan design, intended to harmonise with the architecture peculiar to the important historical buildings to the city which date to the days of the Nawabs of Oudh. The building constructed in red brick has a frontage of long verandahs adorned with Mughal arches. [6]

Lucknow Junction (LJN) NER[edit]

The adjacent and almost contiguous railway station, officially known as Lucknow Junction railway station or Lucknow Jn NER (station code LJN), is unofficially considered a part of Charbagh railway stations. Colloquially, it is known as "Chhoti Line", historically it harboured NE Railways' Meter Gauge trains of erstwhile Izzatnagar Division, now falls under Lucknow Division of NE Railway. It is the terminus station for broad gauge trains of North Eastern Railway just like Howrah, Chennai Central and Mumbai CST. Therefore trains that enter this station have to reverse their direction to get out of the station even if the train's destination is beyond Lucknow. It is a separate building, with a distinct identity with red sandstone, but almost a continuation of the main LKO (Northern Railways) station building.

Lucknow JN or LJN station has six platforms. The platform no.6 is accessible to the two wheelers, auto rikshaws and cars through an underpass cabway. This cabway is third cabway of Indian Railway after Howrah and Gorakhpur railway stations.

As of 13 January 2013, 44 express trains (or 22 pairs of trains) (none of which was Duronto, Rajdhani or Shatabdi) and 10 slow passenger trains (or 5 pairs of trains) started from, terminated at or passed through LJN station.[7]

Earlier Lucknow junction was the terminus for metre gauge trains as almost all tracks of North Eastern Railway zone were metre gauge. With the conversion of most of these tracks to 1676 mm broad gauge under project Unigauge, the Lucknow junction does not have any metre gauge tracks. Now the terminus for the remaining metre gauge trains is Lucknow Aishbagh junction (station code ASH). Lucknow Aishbagh junction also has broad gauge tracks.

Panoramic view of lucknow station


Lucknow Charbagh Railway station is connected to the city via all types of public transports. UPSRTC buses are available for the station through all major intersection.


The station is also proposed as an intersection for Lucknow Metro routes i.e. North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor. It will be a terminal station for East-West Corridor.

Line First operational Stations Length
     East-West Corridor Under Construction 12 11.098 Lucknow Charbagh railway station Vasant Kunj

Trains from Lucknow NR (LKO)[edit]

About more than 230 fast trains start from, terminate at or pass through LKO station. Some of the trains departing or arriving at Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO) are listed below.

Destination board of Lucknow Mail
Destination Board of Janta Express
Panoramic View of LJN Swarna Shatabdi
Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Destination
12429 Lucknow Rajdhani Express Starting Station 23:30 New Delhi
12229 Lucknow Mail Starting Station 22:10 New Delhi
12419 Gomti Express Starting Station 05:25 New Delhi
12436 Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express 17:25 17:35 Dibrugarh
12371 Howrah-Jaisalmer Superfast Express 01:20 01:30 Jaisalmer
12391 Shramjeevi Express 20:20 20:30 New Delhi
12875 Neelachal Express 13:15 13:45 New Delhi
12231 Lucknow Chandigarh Express - 22:30 Chandigarh
12557 Sapt Kranti Express 23:35 23:40 Anand Vihar Terminal
14210 Lucknow Vindhyachal Intercity Express Starting Station 07:30 Vindhyachal
02112 Lucknow-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Starting Station 12:50 Mumbai
22684 Lucknow-Yesvantpur Superfast Starting Station 17:25 Bangalore
14228 Varuna Express Starting Station 17:50 Varanasi
14216 Ganga Gomti Express Starting Station 18:00 Allahabad

Trains from Lucknow Junction NE (LJN)[edit]

About 50 fast trains start from, terminate at or pass through LJN station. Some of the trains departing or arriving at Lucknow NER railway station (LJN) are listed below -->

Train No. Train Name Arrival Departure Destination
12003 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi Starting Station 15:35 New Delhi
12210 Kathgodam Kanpur Central Garib Rath Express 02:40 03:10 Kanpur
13019 Bagh Express 00:01 00:25 Kathgodam
12104 Lucknow Junction-Pune Superfast Starting Station 06:30 Pune
12533 Pushpak Express Starting Station 19:45 Mumbai
15015 Gorakhpur-Yesvantpur Express 11:30 11:50 Bangalore
12554 Vaishali Express 03:45 04:05 Barauni
12521 Raptisagar Express 11:30 11:50 Ernakulam
15045 Gorakhpur-Okha Express 10:00 10:30 Okha
12108 Lucknow-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Starting Station 22:45 Bombay
09014 Lucknow-Bandra Terminus Special Starting Station 00:10 Mumbai
19716 Lucknow-Jaipur Tri-Weekly Starting Station 12:25 Jaipur
12535 Lucknow Raipur Garib Rath Express Starting Station 14:40 Raipur
15204 Lucknow-Barauni Express Starting Station 15:00 Barauni
16094 Gomti Sagar Express Starting Station 16:20 Chennai
15009 Chitrakoot Express Starting Station 17:30 Jabalpur
12593 Lucknow Bhopal Garibrath Express Starting Station 22:45 Bhopal
15008 Krishak Express Starting Station 23:05 Varanasi

Railway stations in Lucknow[edit]

Lucknow city and suburbs have many railway stations listed below.

Station Name Station Code Railway Zone Total Platforms
Lucknow NR (or Charbagh) LKO Northern Railway 9
Lucknow NE (or Lucknow Junction) LJN North Eastern Railway 6
Aishbagh ASH North Eastern Railway 6
Lucknow City LC North Eastern Railway 5
Daliganj DAL North Eastern Railway 5
Badshahnagar BNZ North Eastern Railway 3
Gomtinagar GTNR North Eastern Railway 5
Manaknagar MKG North Eastern Railway 3
Malhour ML North Eastern Railway 5
Jugaur JRR North Eastern Railway 3
Amausi AMS Northern Railway 5
Alamnagar AMG Northern Railway 3
Kakori KKJ Northern Railway 5
Malihabad MLD Northern Railway 3
Mohibullapur MBPR North Eastern Railway 2
Utretia UTA Northern Railway 2

See also[edit]