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Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
लखनऊ चारबाग़ रेलवे स्टेशन
لکھنؤ چارباغ ریلوے اسٹیشن
Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow.jpg
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
Location Charbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919Coordinates: 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919
Elevation 123.500 metres (405.18 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Varanasi–Lucknow line
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
Varanasi-Sultanpur-Lucknow line
Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway
Barabanki–Lucknow Suburban Railway
Lucknow–Moradabad line
Lucknow-Gorakhpur line
Platforms 9 (platform 10,11 under construction )
Tracks 26
Connections Central Bus Station, Taxi Stand, Auto Stand
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Disabled access Lucknow NR
Architect J.H. Hornimen
Other information
Station code LKO
Fare zone Northern Railway, Lucknow NR railway division
Electrified Yes
Previous names Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway / East Indian Railway Company
Passengers 5,50,000 approx
Computerized Ticketing CountersLuggage Checking SystemParkingDisabled AccessFood PlazaKiosksWCTaxi StandPublic Transportation

Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station (official name Lucknow NR, station code LKO) is one of the two main railway stations of Lucknow city for broad gauge trains. It is situated at Charbagh in the south of the city, hence the popular name. The words 'Char Bagh' refer to the four gardens which existed here earlier.[1] Lucknow city is well connected with all metro and other important cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Bhopal either by Lucknow Charbagh(N.R.) or by Lucknow Junction(N.E.R.). The terms "Lucknow Charbagh railway station" and "Lucknow NR station" are used for the same railway station LKO. This is one of the busiest railway stations of India. More than 85 passenger trains originate from here and more than 300 trains pass from the station.

Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO)[edit]

Built on a raised plinth, it has a rectangular ground plan with projecting porticos. There are several towers and clusters of circular Awadhi domes. The wide, raised platforms have several halls and rooms for official purposes.

Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO) is operated by Lucknow Division of Northern Railway. Trains operated mainly by Northern Railway terminate at or pass through this station. It is also the main hub for the Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway system (MEMU). It has nine platforms. As of 20 July 2016, more than 320 trains (or 146 pairs of trains) (including 1 Duronto, 2 Rajdhani, 1 Shatabdi, 46 Superfast trains i.e. 23 pairs of superfast trains, 3 Garib Raths and 142 i.e. 71 pairs of express trains ) and 28 slow passenger trains (or 14 pairs of trains including MEMU and DEMU) started from, terminated at or passed through LKO station.[2]

The Charbagh railway station building's foundation stone was laid in 1914 and the building was completed in 1923.A major role in its design and planning was carried out by Chaubey Mukta Prasad, a counsulting engineer for Ms Lanebrown and Hulett. It has a large garden in front of the building. It incorporates the mix of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal architecture and has a palatial appearance. A unique feature of the Charbagh railway station is that an aerial view of the station building shows it as a chess board and the domes and pillars of the building appear to be pieces of a chess game.[3] Architecturally, it is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.[4] The Government Railway Police station at Lucknow's Charbagh railway station holds an ISO 9001 certificate.[5]

History of Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO)[edit]

Charbagh Station, the major railway station of Lucknow, is an architectural masterpiece. The ostentatious structural design of Charbagh Railway Station enthrals a tourist at the onset. Built at a whooping price of Rs. 70 lakhs, it was designed by J.H. Hornimen. The foundation of the Charbagh Railway Station was placed by the Bishop, in March 1914 [6] The Lucknow division is headed by Divisional Railway Manager (DRM). on 23 April 1867, the 47 mile Lucknow-Kanpur section was opened for traffic. This became part of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railway. The present Lucknow division, in 1925 was part of East Indian Railway till 1952. It caters to the Rail transport requirement of the most populous state of the country, serving 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, with a total route of 1458.94 km, through 194 stations.

Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station, till 1867, was a large orchard. The present Station building was constructed in 1926 with domes and minars of Saracan design, intended to harmonise with the architecture peculiar to the important historical buildings to the city which date to the days of the Nawabs of Oudh. The building constructed in red brick has a frontage of long verandahs adorned with Mughal arches.[7]

Lucknow Junction (LJN) NER[edit]

The adjacent and almost contiguous railway station, officially known as Lucknow Junction railway station or Lucknow Jn NER (station code LJN), is unofficially considered a part of Charbagh railway stations. Colloquially, it is known as "Chhoti Line", historically it harboured NE Railways' Meter Gauge trains of erstwhile Izzatnagar Division, now falls under Lucknow Division of NE Railway. It is the terminus station for broad gauge trains of North Eastern Railway just like Howrah, Chennai Central and Mumbai CST. Therefore, trains that enter this station have to reverse their direction to get out of the station even if the train's destination is beyond Lucknow. It is a separate building, with a distinct identity with red sandstone, but almost a continuation of the main LKO (Northern Railways) station building.

Lucknow JN or LJN station has six platforms. The platform no.6 is accessible to the two wheelers, auto rikshaws and cars through an underpass cabway. This cabway is third cabway of Indian Railway after Howrah and Gorakhpur railway stations.

As of 1 May 2016, more than 160 express trains (or 23 pairs of Mail/Express trains), 28 Superfast Trains, 1 pair of Shatabdi, 3 pairs of Garib Rath express and 18 slow passenger trains started from, terminated at or passed through LJN station.[8]

Earlier Lucknow junction was the terminus for metre gauge trains as almost all tracks of North Eastern Railway zone were metre gauge. With the conversion of most of these tracks to 1676 mm broad gauge under project Unigauge, the Lucknow junction does not have any metre gauge tracks. Now the terminus for the remaining metre gauge trains is Lucknow Aishbagh junction (station code ASH). Lucknow Aishbagh junction also has broad gauge tracks.

Panoramic view of Lucknow station

Railway projects in the city[edit]

Aishbagh junction terminal[edit]

this project was started on 1st May along with gauge conversion from meter to broad from very same sstation to pilibhit. In this project railway will develop this station as terminal for many northwest and north bound trains(from Delhi, sitapur, pilibhit, tanakpur, shahjahanpur, behraich, mailani, lalkuan, kathgodam. Seven platforms are under construction with a washing pit line and loop line along with an entirely new large station building and dual entrance.

Gauge Conversion[edit]

this project started on 15th May 2016 . Under this project meter gauge lines from lucknow to Tanakpur will be converted to broad gauge under three phases, where first phase will be finished by January 2017.

Aishbagh - Manaknagar bypass[edit]

under this project a one kilometer rail track will be constructed from Aishbagh station to Manak nagar through RDSO area of the city so that long distance trains fro Gorakhpur will directly pass from Aishbagh to Manak nagar without going to Lucknow Junction and thus avoiding the time loss in engine reversal.

Gomti Nagar Terminal[edit]

Under this project NER will develop a world class railway station at Gomti nagar . Six platforms will be made here . This station will act as terminal for North and Northeast bound trains (like for Delhi, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Balrampur, etc.)

Utrahtia - Alam nagar bypass doubling[edit]

the Alamnagar - Utrahtia Bypass will be doubled and made fit for passenger traffic.

Transportnagar Railway station[edit]

NR will develop a major railway station with at least 6 platforms on Alam nagar - Utrahtia route .This station will reduce traffic on charbagh railway station by handling trains from Raibareli, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Jaunpur, Zafrabad,Hardoi, Delhi,Moradabad,etc. Many trains will originate and terminate here. NR has already submitted the details regarding the station to railway committee. Although the blue-print is yet not made but construction will start within few months.

Charbagh Station Extension[edit]

NR will develop 5 platforms at Charbagh station out of which two will be on loco section side. NR will make a railway station building with many facilities on loco side . A new 26 coach washing line will also be made .

Circular train[edit]

Honorable Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji has announced that a local train just like that of Mumbai will run on Aishbagh-lucknow city-daliganj- badshahnagar- gomtinagar- malhour-juggaur-malhour-dilkusha –gwarigaon- Charbagh route to ease the pressure on the roads. The reports are already submitted and date for starting the project will soon be announced.

ASH- MAL doubling and electrification[edit]

NER will double and electrify the rail track from Aishbagh to Malhour via Rakabganj to increase the speed of trains on this route.

Utrahtia - Zafrabad new rail link[edit]

NR will make a new rail link between Zafrabad and Utrahtia to create another optional rail route between Varanasi and lucknow.

Utrahtia junction terminal[edit]

If the passenger pressure continued to increase NR will create a terminal railway station at Utrahtia to ease rail traffic at Charbagh station. It will be sixth major railway station in city. [9][10]


Lucknow Charbagh Railway station is connected to the city via all types of public transports. UPSRTC buses are available for the station through all major intersection.


The station is also proposed as an intersection for Lucknow Metro routes i.e. North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor. It will be a terminal station for East-West Corridor.

Line First operational Stations Length
     East-West Corridor Under Construction 12 11.098 Lucknow Charbagh railway station Vasant Kunj

Trains from Lucknow NR (LKO)[edit]

About more than 300 trains start from, terminate at or pass through LKO station. Some of the trains departing or arriving at Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO) are listed below.

Destination board of Lucknow Mail
Train No. Train Name Arrival Destination
12429 Lucknow Rajdhani Express Starting Station New Delhi
12229 Lucknow Mail Starting Station New Delhi
12419 Gomti Express Starting Station New Delhi
12436 Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express - Dibrugarh
22417 Mahamana Express - New Delhi
12371 Howrah-Jaisalmer Superfast Express - Jaisalmer
12391 Shramjeevi Express - New Delhi
12875 Neelachal Express - Puri
12231 Lucknow Chandigarh Express - Chandigarh
12557 Sapt Kranti Express - Anand Vihar Terminal
14210 Lucknow Vindhyachal Intercity Express Starting Station Vindhyachal
02112 Lucknow-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Starting Station Mumbai
22684 Lucknow-Yesvantpur Superfast Starting Station Bangalore
14228 Varuna Express Starting Station Varanasi
14216 Ganga Gomti Express Starting Station Allahabad

Trains from Lucknow Junction NE (LJN)[edit]

About 100 fast trains start from, terminate at or pass through LJN station. Some of the trains departing or arriving at Lucknow NER railway station (LJN) are listed below.

Train No. Train Name Arrival Destination
12003 Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi Starting Station New Delhi
12583 Lucknow-Anand Vihar Double Decker Express Starting Station Anand Vihar
12210 Kathgodam Kanpur Central Garib Rath Express - Kanpur
13019 Bagh Express - Kathgodam
12104 Lucknow Junction-Pune Superfast Starting Station Pune
12533 Pushpak Express Starting Station Mumbai
15015 Gorakhpur-Yesvantpur Express - Bangalore
12554 Vaishali Express - Barauni
12521 Raptisagar Express - Ernakulam
15045 Gorakhpur-Okha Express - Okha
12108 Lucknow-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Starting Station Bombay
09014 Lucknow-Bandra Terminus Special Starting Station Mumbai
19716 Lucknow-Jaipur Tri-Weekly Starting Station Jaipur
12535 Lucknow Raipur Garib Rath Express Starting Station Raipur
15204 Lucknow-Barauni Express Starting Station Barauni
16094 Gomti Sagar Express Starting Station Chennai
15009 Chitrakoot Express Starting Station Jabalpur
12593 Lucknow Bhopal Garibrath Express Starting Station Bhopal
15008 Krishak Express Starting Station Varanasi

Trains from Daliganj Junction NE (DAL)[edit]

one passenger train originate and one terminate at this station.

Train No. Train Name Arrival Destination
55032 daliganj-nakaha jungle passenger Starting Station Nakaha jungle Gorakhpur
55049 nakaha jungle-daliganj passenger Nakaha jungle Gorakhpur terminating station

Trains from Gomti nagar NE (GTNR)[edit]

Two express trains originate/terminate at this station.

Train No. Train Name origin Destination
15009 Gorakhpur-Gomtinagar express Gorakhpur junction destination
15010 Gomtinagar-Gorakhpur express origin Gorakhpur junction

EMU-MEMU-DEMU Services from Lucknow

LKO-Kanpur central MEMU
LKO- Kalyanpur MEMU
LKO- Rawatpur MEMU
LKO- Anwar ganj MEMU
LKO-Shahjahanpur MEMU
LJN-Sitapur MEMU (proposed)
LJN-GONDA DEMU(under process)
LKO-Bareilli MEMU
Kanpur Central-Barabanki MEMU

Railway stations in Lucknow[edit]

Lucknow city and suburbs have many railway stations listed below.

Station Name

Station Code

Railway Zone

Total Platforms

Lucknow NR (or Charbagh)


Northern Railway


Lucknow NE (or Lucknow Junction)


North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway


Transport Nagar


Northern Railway

6 under construction
Lucknow City


North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway

3(to be increased to 6)



North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway




North Eastern Railway




Northern Railway




Northern Railway




Northern Railway




Northern Railway




North Eastern Railway




Northern Railway


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