Indore Junction railway station

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Indore Junction
Indian Railway Station
Indore Junction entrance (2).jpg
Indore Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Indore, Madhya Pradesh
 India
Coordinates 22°26′N 75°31′E / 22.43°N 75.52°E / 22.43; 75.52Coordinates: 22°26′N 75°31′E / 22.43°N 75.52°E / 22.43; 75.52
Elevation 550.20 m (1,805 ft)
Line(s) Mumbai - Indore (Broad Gauge), Jaipur-Ajmer-Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa-Akola-Purna ( Broad gauge except Ratlam - Akola
Connections Taxi Stand, Auto Stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 5 (2 MG, 3 BG)
Tracks 8 (3 MG, 5 BG)
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Other information
Opened 1893; 121 years ago (1893)
Rebuilt 1921; 93 years ago (1921)
Electrified 2011
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code INDB
Owned by Indian Railways
Fare zone Western Railway
Services
Computerized Ticketing CountersLuggage Checking SystemRailway Police ForceParkingDisabled AccessFood PlazaKiosksWCTaxi StandPublic Transportation
Location
Indore Junction is located in Madhya Pradesh
Indore Junction
Indore Junction
Location of Indore Railway Station in Madhya Pradesh

Indore Junction (Station Code : INDB), is one of the largest railway junctions in Madhya Pradesh and serves Indore, the commercial capital of Central India. The railway station of Indore Junction BG is located on Broad Gauge line and falls under the administrative control of Western Railway Zone of Indian Railways. It consists of 4 main railway platforms. The Ujjain-Indore route and Indore Junction were recently electrified. The Station is located 1 km away from the city centre. It is an ISO CERTIFIED STATION OF INDIA.[citation needed]

Platform number 3 of Indore Junction BG

History[edit]

Holkar State Railway[edit]

His Highness the Maharajah Holkar of Indore Sawai Shri Tukojirao Holkar II, in 1870, offered a loan of £10 million sterling for the construction of a rail-line to his capital city of Indore, taking off from the Great Indian Peninsula (G.I.P.) Railway main line.[1] A quick survey was made and Khandwa on the G.I.P. line was chosen as junction point. The alignment was to pass through Sanawad, Kheree Ghat on the Narmada and then by way of the Choral Valley up the slopes of the Vindhyas to Indore. Maharaja Holkar’s contribution accelerated the construction of rail-lines in Malwa region.

Extent of Great Indian Peninsula Railway network in 1870

During 1870s, a Metre gauge line of Holkar State Railway was sanctioned between Khandwa and Indore passing the MHOW Ghat.[2] The Holkar Railway required very heavy works due to very steep gradients(upto 1 in 40) on the Vindhya Ghats. It also involved digging of 4 tunnels aggregating 510 yards in length, deep cuttings and heavy retaining walls. River Narmada was crossed by a brigde of 14 spans, 197 feet each and piers 80 feet above low water level. There are 14 other large bridges with high piers, the highest pier being 152 feet above the bottom of the ravine. The first section Khandwa-Sanawad was opened for traffic on 1.12.1874. The Narmada Bridge was opened for traffic on 5.10.1876 by His Highness the Maharaja of Holkar who named it ‘Holkar-Narmada Bridge’.[3]

Scindia - Neemuch Railway[edit]

Surveys between Indore and Neemuch started long back in 1871-72 when the plan and estimates for the whole project was submitted to the Government of India in 1872-73. Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia of Gwalior agreed to grant a loan of Rs. 7.5 million at 4 per cent per annum interest for the project and the railway was renamed as ‘Scindia-Neemuch Railway’. It also included a branch line to Ujjain from Indore. The Indore - Ujjain branch line was opened in August 1876 and the line was completed in 1879-80.

Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway[edit]

The Holkar Railway and Scindia Neemuch Railway amalgamated under a single management in the year 1881-82 and were named as Rajputana Malwa railway. In 1882, Khandwa-Indore line extended to Ajmer. The identity of Rajputana Malwa Railway remained for a very short while and its management was taken over by Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company on 1 January 1885 till independence.[4]

Western Railway[edit]

Indore Railway Station was reconstructed by B.B. & C.I.company in the year 1921. On 5 November 1951, Western Railway with its headquarters at Mumbai came into existence after merging of B.B. & C.I.Railway with the other State Railways and overtook the administration of Indore Junction. The broad gauge portion was extended from Ujjain - Maksi - Indore in 1964-66 and the doubling of the Indore - Bhopal sections was completed in during 1993-2001.

Connectivity[edit]

Coach centre of Indore

The Indore Junction BG is a broad gauge station so is the name. Its route is connected with Ujjain Junction to the north west, Mhow Cantonment to the south, Dewas Junction to the north and Khandwa Junction to the south east. Being an junction station, it is well connected to Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Katni, Khandwa, Ratlam and Bina within the state and almost every other states of India.

Electrification[edit]

Indore yard and Indore - Maksi section was electrified in 1990-92.[5] Western Railway started the electrification of Ujjain -Indore & Dewas -Maksi in the period of 2010-12 and completed DC Electric Conversion to AC on 5 February 2012 & with the electrification of the Indore - Ujjain sector. A trial run of a special inspection saloon was also conducted on the newly laid system build at a cost of Rs 70 crore.[6]

Track Gauge[edit]

Main article: Track gauge in India

The Indore junction is divided into two categories based on the track gauges: 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad Gauge (BG) and 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge (MG). The broad gauge network is electrified and used for the super-fast, express, and fast passenger trains while the metre gauge rail network is used for local and sub-urban train services.

Under Construction[edit]

The construction of two new platforms is in progress, which was approved earlier by the Western Railways (WR). The Indore Railway Station will have a modern station complex to be developed by the Western Railway’s Ratlam division close to Rajkumar railway overbridge. This elevated structure would offer commuters space at the ground floor and would have ticket booking counters, waiting halls etc on the first floor. The complex would offer sufficient parking facilities.[7] The facility would be equipped with division’s first underpass. A multi-storey parking facility is also under construction in the station premises.

Important Trains[edit]

Narmada Express departing from Indore

The following trains run from Indore Jn. BG :

Super Fast Trains[edit]

Mail/Express Trains[edit]

Express Trains[edit]

Express/Passenger Trains[edit]

Fast Passenger Trains[edit]

Passenger Trains[edit]

  • 52967/52968 Indore – Mhow Passenger
  • 59379/59380 Indore – Maksi Passenger
  • 59307/59308 Indore – Ujjain Passenger

Suburban Trains[edit]

Indore Suburban Railway System
Choral
Patalpani
Mhow
Pithampur
Rau
Indore New Rajendra Nagar Terminus
Rajendra Nagar
Indore Lokmanya Nagar
Indore Saifi Nagar
Indore Junction MG
Indore Lakshmibai Nagar
Shipra
Dewas
A Meter Gauge train at Indore Junction MG

The Indore Suburban Railway is a commuter rail system serving the Indore Metropolitan Region. It is operated by Indian Railways' zonal Western Railways (WR). It has the highest passenger density of any urban railway system in Madhya Pradesh. The trains plying on its routes are commonly referred to as local trains or simply as locals.

</noinclude> Indore is the centre of an extensive radial commuter railway network which is serving the surrounding metropolitan area. In contrast to the more developed regional network in Ratlam, only two rail lines currently cross Indore: the Metre gauge route passes through the city centre with services running between the northern and southern suburbs, and between the more distant towns of Ujjain in the north and Khandwa on the south.

Sub-urban stations of Indore[edit]

The city of Indore has 9 other railway stations which are:

Station Name Station Code Railway Zone Total Platforms
Indore Junction INDM Western Railway 4
Lakshmibai Nagar ILBN Western Railway 3
Rajendra Nagar RJQ Western Railway 3
Lokmanya Nagar ILN Western Railway 2
Mhow MHOW Western Railway 2
Rau RAU Western Railway 2
Saifi Nagar SFN Western Railway 1
Patalpani PTP Western Railway 1

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