New Jalpaiguri railway station

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New Jalpaiguri
নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি
Indian RailwayJunction Station
NJP entrance.jpg
Station statistics
Address Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
 India
Coordinates 26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389Coordinates: 26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389
Elevation 114.00 metres (374.02 ft)
Line(s) Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,
Howrah–New Jalpaiguri line,
Haldibari-New Jalpaiguri line,
New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–Samuktala Road line,
Barauni-Guwahati line,
Kathar-New Jalpaiguri line
Platforms 8 (2 Narrow Gauge and 6 broad Gauge)
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities ?
Baggage check Available
Other information
Opened 1961; 53 years ago (1961)
Station code NJP
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway
Division(s) Katihar
Owned by Indian Railway
Station status Functioning
Location
New Jalpaiguri railway station is located in West Bengal
New Jalpaiguri railway station
New Jalpaiguri railway station
Location in West Bengal

New Jalpaiguri is a railway station in Siliguri city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It lies in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

Location[edit]

Siliguri Urban Area, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, is spread over the districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.[1] New Jalpaiguri railway station is located in Jalpaiguri district. Siliguri is the largest and the fastest growing city in North Bengal and is considered to be the gateway to north-eastern India.[2]

NJP station

History[edit]

The partition of India in 1947 completely disrupted communication links of North Bengal and Assam with southern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the links were through the eastern part of Bengal, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947 on partition of India. Siliguri gained in importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.[3]

Around 1949, Siliguri Junction station, a new station north of the old Siliguri Town station, came up with several metre gauge lines converging on it. In addition there was the narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running from Siliguri Town station to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. The Assam Rail Link Project, completed in 1950, linked the railways in Assam, with a metre gauge line to Kishanganj. The line running across North Bengal, spanned the Teesta, Torsha, and Sankosh rivers.[3][4]

In the early 1960s, Indian Railways started changing over from metre gauge to broad gauge and built a new 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge station south of Siliguri Town station. It was intended to name the station as New Siliguri station. However, as the new station was located in Jalpaiguri district, it was named New Jalpaiguri station. By 1964, New Jalpaiguri became the most important railway station in the area. It had both broad gauge (to Kishanganj and Barsoi) and metre gauge (to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) tracks. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway narrow gauge track was extended from Siliguri town station to the new greenfield station.[3] The metre gauge track from New Jaipaiguri to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction was later converted to broad gauge.

Amenities[edit]

New Jalpaiguri railway station has 2 double-bedded AC retiring rooms, 6 double-bedded non-AC retring rooms, 1 three-bedded dormitory and 1 twelve-bedded dormitory.[5] Other amenities include computerized reservation counters, vegetarian and non-vegetarian refreshment rooms and book stall.[6]

Passenger movement[edit]

New Jalpaiguri railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[7]

Busy station[edit]

More than a hundred trains pass through New Jalpaiguri station. Seven express trains and six passenger trains originate and terminate here as of August 2012.[8]

New Jalpaiguri handles such prestigious trains as Guwahati Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Darjeeling Mail & Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express.[8] Trains with longest east-west run in India include 15905/15906 - Dibrugarh Town to Kanyakumari Vivek Express. This weekly train; numbered 15905/15906, is currently the longest train route in the Indian subcontinent. It travels a distance of 4286 km in 82:30 hours (almost 4 days), Guwahati-Trivandrum Express covering 3,474 km, Guwahati-Okha Express covering 3,222 km, and Guwahati-Dadar Express covering 2,657 km. All these trains pass through New Jalpaiguri railway station.[9]

Originating trains[edit]

Train nos Termini Name
12343/12344 New Jalpaiguri - Sealdah Darjeeling Mail
12041/12042 New Jalpaiguri - Howrah Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi
15721/15722 New Jalpaiguri - Digha Paharia Express
12377/12378 New Jalpaiguri - Sealdah Padatik Express
12523/12524 New Jalpaiguri - New Delhi New Jalpaiguri - New Delhi SF Express
22611/22612 New Jalpaiguri - Chennai Chennai - New Jalpaiguri SF Express
19601/19602 New Jalpaiguri - Udaipur City New Jalpaiguri - Udaipur Express
13245/13246 New Jalpaiguri - Patna Capital Express
12407/12408 New Jalpaiguri - Amritsar Karmabhoomi Express
15723/15724 New Jalpaiguri - Sitamarhi NJP SMI Express
15725/15726 New Jalpaiguri - New Coochbehar Intercity Express
15467/15468 New Jalpaiguri - Alipurduar Junction NJP APDJ intercity Express
22309/22310 New Jalpaiguri - Howrah NJP HWH AC Express
15463/15464 New Jalpaiguri - Balurghat NJP Balurghat intercity Express

Non Originating trains[edit]

Train Termini
Brahmaputra Mail
Dihing Express KolkataDibrugarh (weekly)
Guwahati Rajdhani Express New DelhiDibrugarh Town
Kamakhya - Mumbai LTT AC Express
Kamrup Express
Kanchanjunga Express
Kaziranga Express BangaloreGuwahati
Kolkata – Guwahati Garib Rath Express
Kolkata - Haldibari InterCity Express
Mahananda Express Sikkim
North East Express
Purvottar Sampark Kranti Express
Saraighat Express
Teesta Torsha Express
Vivek Express DibrugarhKanyakumari

Passenger trains[edit]

Train nos. New Jalpaiguri to
52541/52542 Darjeeling
55429/55430 Bamanhat
55711/55712 Malda Town
55713/55714 Dekargaon
55749/55750
55751/55752
Haldibari
75705/75706 Aluabari
55725/55726 Alipurduar Junction
75707/75708 Radhikapur
75709/75710 Buniadpur

among others

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Siliguri Online". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Retiring rooms in Northeast Frontier Railway". Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Jalpaiguri railway station". Make my trip. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "New Jalpaiguri Railway Station details". indiantrains.org. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  9. ^ "Trivia". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 

External links[edit]

External video
Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express arriving at New Jalpaiguri
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone

Gallery[edit]

New Jalpaiguri picture gallery
An old locomotive on display 
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway "Toy Train" Terminal at New Jalpaiguri railway junction
Locomotive "Prabal" (behind) 
The junction yard 
"Toy Train" terminal 
NJP platformboard 
Bongaigaon (BNGN) Passenger