Vijayawada railway station

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Vijayawada Railway Station
Indian Railway Junction Station
BZA Train Station.jpg
The new look of Vijayawada Railway station
Station statistics
Address Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
India
Coordinates 16°31′06″N 80°37′07″E / 16.5182°N 80.6185°E / 16.5182; 80.6185Coordinates: 16°31′06″N 80°37′07″E / 16.5182°N 80.6185°E / 16.5182; 80.6185
Line(s) Vijayawada-New Delhi line
Vijayawada-Howrah line
Vijayawada–Chennai section
Vijayawada-Kazipet line
Vijayawada-Machilipatnam line
Vijayawada-Guntakal line
Connections Bus stand, Taxicab stand
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 10
Tracks 22
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Opened 1888
Electrified Yes
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BZA
Owned by Indian Railways
Fare zone South Central Railway
Formerly Hyderabad-Godavari Valley Railways
Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway
Traffic
Passengers () 51 millions approx.
Location
Vijayawada railway station is located in Andhra Pradesh
Vijayawada railway station
Vijayawada railway station
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Location in Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada Railway Station is a one of the major junction of Indian Railways that serves the city of Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada railway station falls under Vijayawada railway division of South Central Railway zone.[1] It is situated on the Howrah-Chennai main line and Chennai-New Delhi line. The railway station has ten platforms and is the only station to have five entrance gates with booking counters in India. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India with more than 250 express and 150 freight trains passing through it while serving 50 million passengers per year.[2] Vijayawada Junction has been given A-1 status in 2008 as the revenues crossed 100 crore ($17 mn in 2013 terms) in that financial year.[3]

Vijayawada Railway Division and Vijayawada railway station generates more profits than others divisions and stations in South Central Railway and more busier than its zonal headquarter Secunderabad.

History[edit]

The Vijayawada railway station was constructed in 1888 when the Southern Maharatta Railway's main eastward route was connected with other lines going through Vijayawada. In 1889, the Nizam's Guaranteed State Railway constructed a line between Secunderabad Railway Station and Vijayawada as an extension railway for Bezawada; the station subsequently became a junction of three lines from different directions.

On November 1, 1899, the broad gauge line was constructed between Vijayawada and Chennai, making rail journey between Chennai, Mumbai, Howrah, New Delhi and Hyderabad possible. In the following decades the Vijayawada railway station was developed into a junction until the nationalisation of all the independent railways in India occurred; following nationalisation, Indian Railways was formed under the Ministry of Railways in 1950 by the Government of India. The Vijayawada railway station, as the headquarters of Vijayawada Division, was assigned to the Southern Railway. In 1966, a new zone, South Central Railway, was formed, with Secunderabad as its headquarters; Vijayawada Division and Vijayawada Junction were merged with the new railway.

In 1969, the Golconda Express was introduced between Vijayawada and Secunderabad as the fastest steam-hauled train in the country, with an average speed of 58 km/h. As of 2012, the Vijayawada railway station is one of the busiest railway stations in India.[1]

The Station[edit]

Vijayawada Junction is one of the biggest and busiest railway stations in the Indian railway system. It is the main railway terminus and a major commuter hub in the Vijayawada Urban Area which is the financial capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

Layout[edit]

Vijayawada Station has the standard station layout with a perfect traction inside the station. All the tracks in the station are broad gauged and electrified. The Vijayawada-Machilipatnam line that passes through is non-electrified, so diesel trains are common.

Platforms[edit]

View of Platform 6 of Vijayawada Railway Station with Sathavahana Express

The station has 10 platforms which are covered by an R.C.C (Reinforced Cement Concrete) roof. Each platform can handle a train with more than 24 coaches. All the tracks are broad gauged and there is an additional track between platform no's. 7 & 8 which is a service track for the passing of goods trains.

The main service usage for the platforms is:

Junction[edit]

The Vijayawada Railway Station is a junction of tracks from 5 directions to Vijayawada:

  • Vijayawada-Guntur-Guntakal-Bangalore.
  • Vijayawada-Tenali-Gudur-Chennai.
  • Vijayawada-Gudivada-Machilipatnam.
  • Vijayawada-Eluru-Rajamundry-Howrah.
  • Vijayawada-Warangal.

Services[edit]

New look of Vijayawada Railway Station
In brief
Total number of tracks: 22
Number of passenger tracks
above ground:
10
Trains (daily): 250 Passenger Trains
150 Goods Trains
Passengers (daily): 140,000

As one of the busiest railway junctions in South India, Vijayawada Junction is a hub for long-distance, inter-city express services in SCR. An average of 1,40,000 people board different trains each day and an equal number of commuters exit trains at the station. More than 250 passenger trains and 150 goods trains utilize the station daily, with each train stopping for at least 15 to 20 minutes.[4]

Although Vijayawada Junction is Indian Railways' third busiest railway station, it does not provide proper access to India's fastest trains, such as Rajdhani Expresses or Shatabdi Expresses. Rajadhani expresses and Garib Rath expresses pass through the station, and also there is a Jan-Shatabdi Express between Vijayawada Junction and Chennai Central, Vijayawada Janshatabdi is fastest train among Janshatabdi's.

The Vijayawada Junction also houses a Diesel Loco Shed which has the WDM-2 Locomotive and also an Electric Loco Shed which has the Indian locomotive class WAG-7, WAM-4, WAG-5 models.

Diesel engine train entering Vijayawada Junction

Servicing Trains to Vijayawada Junction[edit]

The following are Super-fast Express, Express trains originating from Vijayawada Junction.

Train No. Train Name Type End points
12711/12 Pinakini Express[5][6] Superfast Express Chennai Central
12713/14 Satavahana Express[7][8] Superfast Express Secunderabad
12717/18 Ratnachal Express[9][10] Superfast Express Visakhapatnam
12077/78 Jan Shatabdi Express Superfast Express Chennai Central
17208 Vijayawada - Sainagar Shirdi Express Express Vijayawada - Shirdi
17207 Vijayawada - Sainagar Shirdi Express Express Shirdi - Vijayawada
17225 Amaravati Express Express Hubli— Vijayawada
17226 Amaravati Express Express Vijayawada—Hubli
07207 Vijayawada - Secunderabad weekly Express Express Vijayawada—Secunderabad
07208 Vijayawada - Secunderabad weekly Express Express Secunderabad—Vijayawada

The following are the specialized Indian Railways services that travel through Vijayawada Daily:

Train No. Train name Type Origin Destination
12739/40 Visakhapatnam Garib Rath Express Superfast Express Visakhapatnam Secunderabad
12727/28 Godavari Express[11] Superfast Express Visakhapatnam Hyderabad
12805/06 Janmabhoomi Express Superfast Express Secunderabad Visakhapatnam
12705/06 Guntur-Secunderabad Intercity Superfast Express Guntur Junction Secunderabad
12737/38 Goutami Express Superfast Express Kakinada Secunderabad
12861/62 Vishakapatnam-H.Nizamuddin Link SF Express Superfast Express Visakhapatnam H.Nizamuddin
12709/10 Simhapuri Express Superfast Express Gudur Secunderabad
12759/60 Charminar Express Superfast Express Chennai Central Hyderabad
12703/04 Falaknuma Express Superfast Express Secunderabad Howrah
12621/22 Tamil Nadu Express Superfast Express Chennai Central H.Nizamuddin
12615/16 Grand Trunk Express Superfast Express Chennai Central H.Nizamuddin
12839/40 Howrah Chennai Mail Superfast Express Howrah Chennai Central
12841/42 Coromandel Express Superfast Express Howrah Chennai Central
12655/56 Navajeevan Express Superfast Express Ahmedabad Chennai Central
12863/64 Howrah-Yesvantapur Express Superfast Express Howrah Yeshwantapur
12625/26 Kerala Express Superfast Express Tiruvananthapuram H.Nizamuddin
12295/96 Sanghamithra Express Superfast Express Bangalore Patna Junction
12763/64 Padmavati Express Superfast Express Tirupathi Secunderabad
17201/02 Golconda Express Superfast Express Guntur Junction Secunderabad
17015/16 Visakha Express Express Bhubaneswar Secunderabad
11019/20 Konark Express Express Bhubaneswar mumbai cst
18519/20 Visakha - Mumbai LTT Express Express Visakhapatnam LT Terminus
17401/02 Tirupati-Machiipatnam Express Express Tirupathi Machilipatnam
17403/04 Tirupati-Narasapur Express Express Tirupathi Narasapur
17209/10 Seshadri Express Express Bangalore Kakinada
17255/56 Narasapur-Hyderabad Express Express Narasapur Hyderabad
17049/50 Machilipatnam-Secunderabad Express Express Machilipatnam Secunderabad
18645/46 East Coast Express Express Howrah Hyderabad
18463/64 Prasanti Express Express Bhubaneswar Bangalore
18189/90 Tatanagar-Alappuzaha Express Express Tatanagar Alappuzha
13351/52 Dhandab Junction-Alappuzha Express Express Dhanbad Junction Alappuzha

Passenger,MEMU & DEMU trains:

Other Stations in Vijayawada[edit]

The city of Vijayawada consists of eight other railway stations; these are:

Station Name Station Code Railway Division
Krishna Canal KCC Guntur Division
Kondapalli KI Vijayawada Division
Rayanapadu Station RYP Vijayawada Division
Mustabada Station MBD Vijayawada Division
Gannavaram Station GWM Vijayawada Division
Ramavarappadu Station RMV Vijayawada Division
Nidamanuru Station NDM Vijayawada Division
Madhuranagar Station MDUN Vijayawada Division
Gunadala Station GALA Vijayawada Division

Infrastructure[edit]

Since the headquarters of South-East railway has been moved to Bhubaneswar from Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada Railway station has seen major development and new appearance in the last five years again, due mainly to a change in the policy of the Indian Railways company. In the 2009 financial year, the board allocated Rs. 3.5 crores for improvements to the transport hub.[12] A central aspect of the improvements was an "Integrated Security Scheme", which included the construction of a compound wall around the station premises; furthermore, the works at the station sought to minimise the number of entry and exit points as a precaution against a rise of terrorism in India. The placement of modern surveillance gadgets on the station premises was also planned, with an anticipated timeframe for the security alterations set at six months.

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