Bhopal–Nagpur section

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Bhopal–Nagpur section
Status Operational
Termini Bhopal
Opened 1924
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) West Central Railway, Central Railway
Depot(s) Itarsi
Rolling stock WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDS-6 and WDP-4 diesel locos. WAM-4, WAP-4 and WAG-5 electric locos.
Track length 390 km (242 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Electrification 1988-91
Operating speed up to 160 km/h

The Bhopal–Nagpur section is a railway line connecting Bhopal and Nagpur. This 390 km (242 mi) track is part of the Delhi-Chennai line. The section is under the jurisdiction of West Central Railway and Central Railway.


The Bhopal-Itarsi line was opened by the Begum of Bhopal in 1884.[1] Itarsi was linked with Nagpur between 1923 and 1924.[2] The Bhopal-itarsi-Nagpur line became part of the Delhi-Chennai line in 1929.[3]


The Bhopal-Itarsi sector was electrified in 1988-89 and the Nagpur-Itarsi sector in 1990-91.[4]

Speed limits[edit]

T}he Delhi-Chennai Central line (Grand Trunk route) is classified as a "Group A" line which can take speeds up to 160 km/h.[5]

Passenger movement[edit]

Bhopal, Bhopal Habibganj Itarsi and Nagpur are amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[6]

Loco sheds and workshops[edit]

Itarsi diesel shed holds 145+ locos. It has WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDS-6 and WDP-4 diesel locos. This shed serves routes all across central India. Itarsi electric loco shed came up in the 1980s. It holds WAM-4, WAP-4 and WAG-5 electric locos. Its WAG-5 locos perform banking duties on the Budni - Barkhera ghat section. Broad Gauge Coach Workshop at Bhopal handles rebuilding and overhaul of old passenger coaches. There is a coach maintenance workshop at Nagpur.[7]


  1. ^ "IR History: Early Days – II". Chronology of railways in India, Part 2 (1870-1899). Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Introduction". Nagpur Itarsi Route. Nagpur district authorities. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "IR History: Early Days – III". Chronology of railways in India, Part 3 (1900-1947). Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Chapter II – The Maintenance of Permanent Way". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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