Kazipet–Vijayawada section

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Kazipet–Vijayawada section
Overview
Status Operational
Termini Kazipet
Vijayawada
Operation
Opening 1889
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) South Central Railway
Depot(s) Kazipet, Vijayawada
Rolling stock WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4 , WDM-2, WDP-1 diesel locos; WAG-7, WAG-5 and WAM-4 electric locos.
Technical
Track length 218 km (135 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Electrification 1985-88
Operating speed up to 160 km/h

The Kazipet–Vijayawada section is a railway line connecting Kazipet and Vijayawada. This 218 km (135 mi) track is part of the Delhi-Chennai line. The section is under the jurisdiction of South Central Railway.

History[edit]

With the completion of the Kazipet-Balhashah link in 1929, Chennai was directly linked to Delhi.[1]

The Wadi-Secunderabad line was built in 1874 with financing by the Nizam of Hyderabad. It later became part of Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway. In 1889, the main line of the Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway was extended to Vijayawada, then known as Bezwada.[2]

As of 1909, "From Wadi on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway runs east to Warangal and then south-east towards Bezwada on the East Coast section of the Madras Railway."[3]

The Motumari-Jaggayyapeta line was extended to Mellacheruvu in 2012. It is to be extended further to Vishnupuram on the Guntur-Pagidipalli-Secunderabad line.[4]

Electrification[edit]

The Vijayawada-Madhira sector was electrified in 1985-86, the Madhira-Dornakal sector in 1986-87 and the Dornakal-Kazipet sector in 1987-88. The Motumari-Jaggayapet freight line was electrified in 1994-95.[5]

Dornakal-Karepalli-Yellandu line was electrified in 2003 and the Karepalli-Bhadrachalam Road-Manuguru in 2008.[6]

Speed limits[edit]

The Delhi-Chennai Central line (Grand Trunk route) is classified as a “Group A” line which can take speeds up to 160 km/h.[7]

Passenger movement[edit]

Vijayawada is the only station on this line which is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[8]

Loco sheds and coaching maintenance depots[edit]

Kazipet diesel loco shed houses WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDG-3A and WDG-4 locos. Opened in 2006, Kazipet electric loco shed houses 150+ WAG-7 locos. Vijayawada diesel loco shed has WDM-2, WDP-1 locos, 30+ DEMus and 2 Railbus. Vijayawada electric loco shed opened in 1980, holds (as of 2012) 195+ locos. It houses WAG-5, WAM-4 and WAG-7 locos.[9]

There are coaching maintenance depots at Vijayawada and Kazipet.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IR History: Early Days – III". Chronology of railways in India, Part 3 (1900–1947). Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "IR History:Early days II". 1870-1899. IRFCA. Retrieved 26 November. 
  3. ^ "Hyderabad - Imperial Gazetteer of India". IRFCA. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Press Release". South Central Railway. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "TRD". South Central Railway. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Chapter II – The Maintenance of Permanent Way". Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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