Bandel Junction railway station
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|Regional rail & Light rail station|
|Location||Bandel Station Road, , Hooghly, West Bengal
|Elevation||14 metres (46 ft)|
|Operated by||Eastern Railway zone|
|Opened||Somewhere around 1860-1865.|
|Previous names||East Indian Railway|
Bandel Junction railway station is one of the major junction stations of the Kolkata suburban railway network, India. It is situated on the Howrah-Bandel-Barddhaman Main Line with an approximate 40 kilometres (25 mi) distance from Howrah Station. The B.B Loop line connects Azimgunj and Katwa to Bandel and henceforth to Howrah and Sealdah. Bandel is connected to Sealdah and Kolkata station via Naihati Junction.
In east India,the first ever train ran from Howrah to Hooghly on 15 August 1854 and Bandel station was started somewhere after that. Bandel station is situated on the west banks of the river Hooghly and it is directly connected to Howrah station. On 21 February 1887 the Jubilee Bridge was constructed over the river Hooghly and thus Bandel and Sealdah was linked together. In 1950s EMU(Electric Multiple Unit) trains started running in between Howrah and Bandel.
Bandel has been functioning as a major junction station of the Howrah-Bandel-Barddhaman Main Line, Sealdah-Naihati-Bandel Main Line and Bandel-Katwa B.B Loop Line since decades. Local and express trains run in these lines. EMU Local trains run from Bandel to Howrah, Naihati, Barddhaman, Katwa, Bally, Memari& Panduah. The trains running between Bandel and Howrah are known as the Bandel locals. More than 72 pairs of Bandel locals run between Bandel and Howrah daily. Other EMU local trains serving this station are Barddhaman locals, Katwa locals, Memari locals, Panduah locals, Naihati-Bandel locals, Sealdah-Katwa and Sealdah-Barddhman locals along with a number of other passenger and express trains. Earlier at Bandel there was a steam loco shed but now it is being used as a goods yard. An EMU car shed is also there near by Bandel Station.