East Coast Railway zone
|East Coast Railway|
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East Coast Railway Montage clockwise from top left: Shortened form of East Coast Railway Zone, A train crossing Mahanadi river at Cuttack, View of Visakhapatnam railway station, An Express and Freight trains at Alamanda, Vizianagaram, East Coast Railway Zonal Headquarters at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack railway station, Brahmapur railway station
|Locale||Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh|
|Dates of operation||2003–|
|Predecessor||South Eastern Railway, headquartered at Kolkata|
|Headquarters||Bhubaneshwar Railway Station|
|Website||ECoR official website|
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) is one of the sixteen railway zones of Indian Railways. It came into existence on 1 April 2003. As the name suggests, most of the railway routes of the zone are near the east coast of India.
East Coast Railway is a truncated version of the earlier East Coast Railway that was opened on 1 November 1888. The Bengal Nagpur Railway was separated from the combined East Zone on 1 August 1955 to constitute the South Eastern Railway with the administrative jurisdiction extending over six divisions: Nagpur, Bilaspur, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Adra and Khurda Road. The Vishakapatnam division was included in South Eastern Railway zone in October, 1962. The headquarters of South Eastern Railway zone was in Calcutta. The zone was reorganized in 1996 to create a new zone East Coast Railway.
East Coast Railway was first of the seven new zones inaugurated on 8 August 1996. Initially, only one division, Khurda Road, was attached to this railway. The zone became fully operational with effect from 1 April 2003 with three divisions — Khurda Road, Vishakapatnam, and Sambalpur.
The geographical jurisdiction of East Coast Railway zone extends over three states encompassing almost all of Odisha along with parts of Srikakulam, Vizainagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of northeastern Andhra Pradesh and Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhatisgarh state. The zonal headquarter is at Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
Major railway stations
‘A’ Class Stations Bhubaneswar, Puri and Visakhapatnam.
‘B’ Class Stations Bhadrak, Brahmapur, Cuttack, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road, Khurda Road, Palasa, Rayagada, Srikakulam Road, Vizianagaram and Sambalpur
Kothavalasa Train Station is an important Junction of East Coast Railway Zone
Replica of a Rail engine at Vizianagaram Train station
Loco trip shed at Visakhapatnam train Station
Freight trains at Simhachalam yard of Waltair division
East Coast Railway zone has about 184 railway stations.
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Railway lines under ECoRly
ECoR has only 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway tracks.
- Ranital Junction-Khurda Road-Visakhapatnam-Duvvada Double line on main Madras-Calcutta Howrah line
- Nergundi Junction-Talcher Double line
- Vizianagaram-Jharsuguda Double line
- Cuttack-Paradip Double line
- Khurda Road-Puri Double line
- Sambalpur-Talcher-Bhudapank Double line
- Titlagarh-Jharsuguda Single line
- Kothavalasa-Kirandul Single line
- Rayagada-Koraput Single line
- Naupada-Gunupur Single line
- Bobbili-Salur Single line
- Khurda Road-Bhubaneswar)- Triple line
- East Coast Railway Official Website
- East Coast Railway Discussions Board
- Waltair Division Official Website