East Coast Railway zone

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For the British railway operator, see East Coast (train operating company).
East Coast Railway
पूर्वी तट रेलवे
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East Coast Railway-15
Locale Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh
Dates of operation 1 April 2003–
Headquarters Bhubaneswar railway station
Website ECoR official website
Vishakapatnam Junction is the busiest railway station of East Coast Railway Zone

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.

History[edit]

Consequent upon the parliament’s approval, East Coast Railway was first out of the seven new zones to be inaugurated by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sri H.H. Devegowda on 08.08.1996. The Officer-on-Special Duty took over charge of the newly declared Zone on 16 September 1996. Initially, only one division namely Khurda Road was attached to this railway. Subsequently the zone became fully operational with effect from 01.04.2003.

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, Visakhapatnam, and Sambalpur. The headquarters building of zone was constructed by CMM Infraprojects Ltd of Indore in 2009.

Divisions[edit]

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 headquarters is at Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

The zone has three divisions: Sambalpur, Khurda Road and Waltair.

Electrification[edit]

The East Coast Railway line integrated with the commissioned Howrah-Chennai electrified trunk route on 29 November 2005. There was a missing link between Kharagpur and Visakhapatnam stations and all trains from Howrah towards Chennai side had to undergo a locomotive change from electric to diesel at Kharagpur and vice versa at Visakhapatnam in order to pass through Odisha. Even trains from New Delhi such as the Bhubaneswar Rajdhani had to undergo the change at Kharagpur. This frequent loco change on a trunk route became a time consuming & inconvenient process. With electrification along the 765km Kharagpur-Visakhapatnam stretch, trains got speeded up and the need for double headed diesels for high speed express trains was eliminated thus saving on diesel consumption and a cleaner travel. Additionally the line branching off Khurda road towards Puri was also electrified. As of now, Cuttack-Paradeep and branch line from Jakhapura towards Barbil are electrified too.

Major railway stations[edit]

The major railway stations in the entire zone are Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Sambalpur, Khurda Road, Puri, Bhubaneswar,Jajpur Road,Balasore, Bhadrak, Berhampur, Cuttack, Rayagada, Koraput, Titlagarh. Most of the major stations fall in the state of Odisha.

Visakhapatnam will be delinked from EcoR once Centre announces new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh and Its in the contention to become headquarters of the new zone.

Trains[edit]

From Bhubaneswar[edit]

  • Sambalpur - Nanded tri Weekly Nagavali Express(18309)
  • Bhubaneswar - Visakhapatnam Intercity Daily(18411)
  • Bhubaneswar- New Delhi Duronto (12281/12282)
  • Bhubaneswar- New Delhi Rajdhani Daily(22811 and 22823)
  • Bhubaneswar- New Delhi Odisha Sampark Kranti (12819)
  • Bhubaneswar - Mumbai LTT Biweekly (12880)
  • Bhubaneswar - Rourkela Rajya Rani express(18418)
  • Bhubaneswar - Rourkela Intercity express (18105/18106)
  • Bhubaneswar - Balangir express Daily (12893)
  • Bhubaneswar - Dhanbad Garib Rath Weekly(12832)
  • Bhubaneswar- New Delhi Via (Rourkela) Weekly(22805)
  • Bhubaneswar- Howrah Jan Shatabadi Except Sunday(12074)
  • Bhubaneswar - Pune Weekly (22882)
  • Bhubaneswar - Tirupati Weekly (22871 and 22879)
  • Bhubaneswar - Yesvantpur Weekly (12845)
  • Bhubaneswar - Chennai Express Weekly(12830)
  • Bhubaneswar- Puducherry Weekly(12898)
  • Bhubaneswar- Rameswaram Weekly(18496)
  • Bhubaneswar - Bangalore City Prashanthi Express Daily(18463)
  • Bhubaneswar -Banglore premium Special (00851/00852)

From Visakhapatnam[edit]

  • Visakhapatnam - Amritsar Hirakud Express Tri Weekly (18507)
  • Visakhapatnam - TataNagar Weekly (18515)
  • Visakhapatnam- Secunderabad Daily,Janmabhoomi Express (12805)
  • Visakhapatnam - Hazrat Nizamudin Link express Daily (12861)
  • Visakhapatnam - Hazur sahib Nanded Tri weekly (18509)
  • Visakhapatnam - H Nizamuddin swarna jayanti express Bi Weekly (12803)
  • Visakhapatnam -H Nizamuddin Samata Express
  • Visakhapatnam - Sai Nagar Shirdi- Visakhapatnam Weekly(18503/04)
  • Visakhapatnam- Chennai-Visakapatnam Weekly superfast Express (22869/70)
  • Visakhapatnam- Chennai - Visakhapatnam weekly superfast Express via Newguntur (22801/02)
  • Visakhapatnam - Gandhidham Weekly (18501)
  • Visakhapatnam - Kollam Weekly (18567)
  • Visakhapatnam - Mumbai LTT Daily (18519)
  • Visakhapatnam - Digha Express Weekly(22874)
  • Visakhapatnam - Bhagat Ki Kothi Express weekly
  • Visakhaptnam - Tirupati Weekly Special (02873/02874)

From Puri[edit]

  • Puri - New delhi Purushottam Express Daily(12801)
  • Puri- Digha weekly, Samudra Kanya Express(22890)
  • Puri- Howrah Garib Rath BiWeekly(12882)
  • Puri- Howrah Daily, Sri Jagannath Express(18410)
  • Puri- Digha Express Weekly(22878)
  • Puri - Okha Dwarka Express Weekly (18401)
  • Puri - Yeshvantpur Garib Rath Weekly(22883)
  • Puri- Howrah Shatabdi Express Except Wednesday (12278)
  • Puri - Chennai Express Weekly(22859)
  • Puri - Ahmedabad Express Four times weekly(12843)
  • Puri- New Delhi Neelanchal Express (12875)
  • Puri- New Delhi Nandan Kannan Express (12815)
  • Puri- Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express Daily(18477)
  • Puri - Surat weekly (22827)
  • Puri - Ahmedabad Express Weekly(18405)
  • Puri - Durg Express Daily(18425)
  • Puri - Sambalpur Intercity Daily(18304)
  • Puri - Hatia Tapaswini Express Daily (18452)
  • Puri - Mumbai LTT Weekly (22866)
  • Puri - Ajmer Bi weekly (18421)
  • Puri - Sai nagar shirdi Weekly(18407)
  • Puri - Jodhpur Weekly (18473)
  • Puri-Barbil Intercity Express (18415)
  • Puri- Patna Weekly, Baidyanath Dham Express(18449)

Units[edit]

  • Diesel Loco Shed, Visakhapatnam
  • Electrical Loco Shed Visakhapatnam
  • Carriage Repair Workshop - Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar
  • No MEMU, EMU car shed

Routes[edit]

East Coast Railway zone has about 273 railway stations.

Division Track kilometre Route kilometre Electrified Track kilometre Electrified Route kilometre;
Khurda Road 1,976 834 1,965 834
Sambalpur 1,116 740
Waltair 2,122 1,103 1,406 709
Total 5,214 2,677 3,371 1,543

Railway lines[edit]

ECoR has only 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge railway tracks.

  1. Bhadrak-Jajpur K Road-Khurda Road-Visakhapatnam-Duvvada Double line [87 railway stations]
  2. Nergundi Junction-Talcher Double line [19 railway stations]
  3. Vizianagaram-khariar road Double line [35 railway stations]
  4. Cuttack-Paradip Double line [10 railway stations]
  5. Khurda Road-Puri Double line [09 railway stations]
  6. sambalpur-Talcher Double line [13 railway stations]
  7. Titlagarh-Jharsuguda Single line [22 railway stations]
  8. Kothavalasa–Kirandul single line [45 railway stations]
  9. Rayagada-Koraput Single line [14 railway stations]
  10. Naupada-Gunupur Single line [15 railway stations]
  11. Bobbili-Salur Single line [04 railway station]

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