Lahore Junction railway station
|Lahore Junction railway station|
|Line(s)||Karachi–Peshawar Main Line|
|Connections||Bus stand, Bus shelter, Taxicab stand|
|Structure type||Standard (On Ground Station)|
|Owned by||Ministry of Railways|
|Formerly||Great Indian Peninsular Railway|
The Lahore Junction railway station (Urdu: لاہور جنکشن ریلوے اسٹیشن ) in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, was built by British colonists between 1859-1860 at the cost of half a million Rupees. It is the junction of Lahore-Amritsar railway line. It is of typical grand British architecture in South Asia during the British Raj period. The railway network established by the British was extensive and is one of their lasting contributions to the culture and infrastructure of this region.
The railway station has 11 platforms (1 to 9, with 2 extra platforms, 3A and 6A). Platform No. 1 is of special importance, as this platform is the destination of "Samjhauta Express", the train service between Pakistan and India.
Lahore Junction railway station was commissioned by the British Government and construction was contracted to Mian Mohammad Sultan Chughtai, a formal prince of the Royal Mughal Empire. The front portion was disliked by the government (as seen in older photographs) and was subsequently rebuilt by Sultan Mohammad. from his own pocket.
It was the western terminus of the crucial Lahore—Ghaziabad rail line which facilitated the vital connection of the furthest reaches of the Punjab to the then-capital of the British Raj; New Delhi. This allowed for the movement of people, goods, and revenue within, to and from the fertile and heavily-populated region.
The station was severely affected during the riots which followed the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Lahore's Hindus and Sikhs who tried to migrate to India were frequently attacked and killed in large numbers that many considered the station unsafe and opted to make the journey by road.
The Lahore Junction railway station has all the facilities which a large station like it must possess. Food stalls, book agencies, drink corners, and the like are found on every platform. Some foreign restaurants (like McDonald's and Pizza Hut) have their branches at platform No. 2.
Train services from Lahore Jn
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|Preceding station||Lahore Junction railway station||Following station|
Karachi–Peshawar Main Line