Bikaner Junction railway station

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Bikaner
Indian Railway junction station
Location Bikaner, Rajasthan
India
Coordinates 28°00′53″N 73°18′57″E / 28.0147°N 73.3159°E / 28.0147; 73.3159Coordinates: 28°00′53″N 73°18′57″E / 28.0147°N 73.3159°E / 28.0147; 73.3159
Elevation 234.696 metres (770.00 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by North Western Railway
Line(s) Jodhpur–Bathinda line
Bikaner–Rewari line
Platforms 5
Tracks Broad gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Construction
Structure type Standard on ground
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code BKN
Division(s) Bikaner railway division
History
Opened 1891
Electrified Announced in 2017-18 Budget by govt
Location
Bikaner railway station is located in Rajasthan
Bikaner railway station
Bikaner railway station
Location in Rajasthan

Bikaner railway station is located in Bikaner district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It serves Bikaner. Bikaner is headquarters of Bikaner railway division.

The railway station[edit]

Bikaner railway station is at an elevation of 226 metres (741 ft) and was assigned the code – BKN.[1]

Bikaner is served by more than 21 pairs of trains each day with multiple daily connections to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai and Chandigarh. Within Rajasthan, there are also multiple daily trains available for Jodhpur, Jaipur, Nagaur, Ratangarh, Churu, Barmer and Jaisalamer. There are also daily trains to Kota.

Daily connections to Pathankot, Amritsar, Jammu, Kalka, Haridwar, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Durgapur, Kolkata, Guwahati and Dibrugarh are also available.

Most other major Indian cities such as Ujjain, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Kochi, Trivandrum, Goa, Puri, Bubaneswar, Sambalpur, Raipur, Bilaspur and Bhopal are connected via weekly, biweekly or tri-weekly trains.

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History[edit]

Bikaner Railway Station was constructed in 1891 with a Rs. 3,46,000 donation by Rai Bahadur Dewan Bahadur Sir Kasturchand Daga, a known trader from the city.

In 1889, the two states of Jodhpur and Bikaner formed the Jodhpur–Bikaner Railway to promote railway development jointly within the Rajputana Agency. In 1891 the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) wide metre gauge Jodhpur–Bikaner line was opened. In 1901–02, the metre gauge line was extended to Bathinda.[3][4]

Gauge conversions[edit]

The Jodhpur–Bikaner track, along with the link to Phulera, had been taken in/before 1991 for conversion to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge.[5] According to a Press Information Bureau release issued in 2008, the Jodhpur–Merta City–Bikaner–Bathinda line was broad gauge.[6]

The Bikaner-Rewari line was converted to broad gauge during the period 2008-2011.[7]

Workshop[edit]

The Bikaner (Lalgarh) workshop was set up in 1926. It carries out periodic overhauling of metre gauge coaches and wagons.[8][9]

Museum[edit]

Bikaner Heritage Rail Museum at Bikaner displays items related to the Jodhpur and Bikaner Railway era. It was opened in 2012.[10]

Services[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arrivals at Bikaner". indiarailinfo. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  2. ^ http://indiarailinfo.com/
  3. ^ "Jodhpur–Bikaner Railway". fibis. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ "IR History: Part II (1870-1899)". IRFCA. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Written answers to Qustion asked in Parliament". Railway expansion programme in Rajasthan. Government of India. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Railway line along Indian border". Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India, 21 April 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Overview of Bikaner Division" (PDF). North Western Railway. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Brief History of Bikaner Workshop" (PDF). North Western Railway. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Bikana Heritage Rail Museum opened for public viewing". The Times of India, 18 October 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2014.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
North Western Railway zone
TerminusNorth Western Railway zone
Bikaner–Rewari line