Jammu Tawi railway station
|Indian Railway Station|
|Location||Railway Road, Jammu
|Elevation||343.763 metres (1,127.83 ft)|
|Line(s)||Jalandhar-Jammu line Amritsar-Jammu Line Jammu-Katra Line|
|Structure type||Standard (On Ground)|
|Previous names||North India Railway Company|
Jammu Tawi is the largest railway station in Jammu and Kashmir state. It is a major railhead for other places in the state and for tourists heading towards the Kashmir Valley. Kashmir Railway project starts northwards from here. Administratively, it is in the Firozpur division of Northern Railways.
Jammu Tawi is well connected to major Indian cities by Indian railways trains. The station code is JAT. The second longest running train in India, in terms of time and distance; the Himsagar Express that goes to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu in 70 hours, originates from here (Jammu Tawi).
There existed an old station in the city, on the Jammu-Sialkot Line, which had train services to Sialkot Junction, now in Pakistan, 43 km (27 mi) away. The station also linked with Wazirabad and Narowal stations, both of which are in Pakistan today. The old Jammu station was built in around 1897 but was abandoned after the Partition of India as the railway link to Sialkot was broken. Jammu had no rail services until 1971, when the Indian Railways laid the Pathankot - Jammu Tawi Broad Gauge line. The new Jammu Tawi station was opened in 1975. In 2000, much of the old railway station was demolished to make way for an art centre.
Trains from Jammu Tawi
Jammu Tawi is an origination point for many Express trains that include:
- 11077/11078 - Jhelum Express to Pune
- 11449/11450 - Durgavati Express to Jabalpur
- 12265/12266 - Delhi Sarai Rohilla Jammu Tawi Duronto Express to Delhi
- 12331/12332 - Himgiri Express to Kolkata
- 12355/12356 - Archana Express to Patna
- 12425/12426 - Rajdhani Express to Delhi
- 12471/12472 - Swaraj Express to Mumbai
- 12473/12474 - Sarvodaya Express to Ahmedabad
- 12919/12920 - Malwa Express to Indore
- 14009/14010 - Patalkot Express to Chhindwara
- 14609/14610 - Hemkunt Express to Rishikesh
- 14645/14646 - Shalimar Express to Delhi
- 15651/15652 - Lohit Express to Guwahati
- 15653/15654 - Amarnath Express to Guwahati
- 16031/16032 - Andaman Express to Chennai
- 16317/16318 - Himsagar Express to Kanyakumari
- 16688/16687 - Navyug Express to Mangalore
- 16787/16788 - Jammu Tawi Express to Tirunelveli
- 18109/18110 - Muri Express to Rourkela
- 19027/19028 - Vivek Express to Mumbai
The entire Jalandhar-Jammu section, Jammu Tawi station and sidings have been completely energized to 25kV AC and approved for electric traction in August 2014. Swaraj Express now gets an end to end WAP 4 from Jammu Tawi to Bandra Terminus. Himgiri Express now gets an end to end WAP7 from Jammu Tawi to Howrah.
With the commencement of the Kashmir Railway, Jammu Tawi will gain dual importance. All trains to the Kashmir Valley will pass through Jammu Tawi. A part of the Kashmir railway project has been executed and the track has been extended to Udhampur. Some of Jammu Tawi's trains have been extended to Udhampur and further extended to Katra with the starting of the Udhampur - Katra railway line in 2014.