Dhanbad Junction railway station
|Indian Railway Station|
|Location||Station Road, Dhanbad, Dhanbad district, Jharkhand
|Elevation||235.00 metres (771.00 ft)|
|Owned by||Government of India|
|Operated by||Indian Railways|
|Line(s)||Asansol-Gaya section of Grand Chord, Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line , Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line, Dhanbad- Singrauli line, Dhanbad-Bhojudih-Adra Line|
|Zone(s)||East Central Railway|
|Division(s)||Dhanbad railway division|
|Jharia Coalfield rail network|
Dhanbad Junction (Hindi: धनबाद जंक्शन) (Bengali: ধানবাদ জংশন), station code DHN, is a railway station of the Indian railway serving the city of Dhanbad, the headquarters of Dhanbad district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is the largest railway station in Jharkhand, handling over 100 trains and 100,000+ passengers every day. Dhanbad is also is the headquarters of the Dhanbad Rail Division of the East Central Railway zone. Grand Chord rail-line that connects Howrah and New Delhi passes through Dhanbad junction. Dhanbad is located at . It has an elevation of 235 metres (771 ft).
One of the largest and busiest railway junctions, it is arguably the most important station on the Grand Chord. In fact Dhanbad is the junction at which the Grand Chord really diverges from the CIC section. CIC rail line starts from Dhanbad and ends at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. Besides the CIC section there is a direct line to Ranchi which goes through Bokaro and Chandrapura. Most trains bound for Ranchi take this route. Dhanbad has a rail connectivity with the other major parts of the country such as Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kochi, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Nagpur, Pune, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Daltonganj etc. Another rail line passing through the district, starts at Kharagpur and ends at Gomoh, this rail line comes under South Eastern Railway. Dhanbad is connected with most of the states through rail network. Every train passing through Dhanbad has a stop here.
There used to be another railway line from Dhanbad connecting it to Jharia and Pathardih. The line used to intersect the CIC section, requiring a Diamond Crossing. Now that the line has been dis-mantled, the Diamond Crossing is no longer operational. Previously when there were much less trains from Ranchi and adjoining areas, Dhanbad along with Tatanagar railway station served as the main railway stations for the entire state of Jharkhand.
"The entire belt between Durgapur (158 km from Howrah), and all the way up to Dhanbad and beyond is industrialized. Apart from factories, there are many coalmines, some closed now, and some with fires burning deep in the mineshafts. The mining area extends for a large area, mostly to the south of the tracks. Quite a portion of the track passes through cuttings, where the surrounding area is higher than the track level, resulting in the profusion of characteristic small masonry bridges crossing the tracks." This description is from "Gomoh loco shed and CLW trip record" by Samit Roychoudhury.
In the Jharia Coalfield rail network, amongst the major sections of EIR were the Dhanbad-Phularitand section (21.6 km) opened in 1894 to Katrasgarh and extended to Phularitand in 1924, and the Dhanbad-Pathardih section opened in 1903.
- New developments
In February 2012, The Indian Railways had planned to set up a Railway Station Development Corporation (RSDC) that will work on improving the major railway stations including Dhanbad Junction by building and developing Restaurants, shopping areas and food plaza for commercial business and improving passenger amenities
The Kumardhubi-Dhanbad, Pradhankhanta-Pathardih and Dhanbad-Gomoh sectors were electrified in 1960-61.
The station houses all the major facilities like waiting rooms, computerized reservation facility, dormitory, retiring rooms, cafeteria, bookshop, food plaza etc. Existing facilities are being revamped for developing it as model station. The Railway station is a divisional headquarters of East Central Railway and houses a number of non-passenger related facilities like loco sheds, washing lines etc. in its premises.
escalator has been installed in platform 2 and 3 at the station. This proves to be of high help to the senior citizens and the handicapped.
|Video of Rajdhani Express from Dhanbad Junctionretrieved 8.03.2012|
Transport and connectivity
Dhanbad station is very well connected by roadways. There is a bus stand just outside the railway station, where buses for nearby cities like Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Bokaro, Asansol and Durgapur are easily available.
Outside the station, there is a taxi stand wherein a lot of taxis are always available.
Autos remain the mainstay of civilian transport in the city. These autos can be used to travel throughout the length of the city, using very nominal fares.
Significance and importance in the region, as well to IR as a whole
Dhanbad Jn is a Category A1, station as well as the divisional headquarters. It is the largest station in the adjoining area, and every train has a halt here. Lying centrally on the Grand Chord it is flanked by Gaya Junction on the Delhi side and Asansol railway station on the Howrah side. It is not uncommon to find long distance trains getting their locomotives and rakes (occasionally) changed here. All the Duronto Express passing through Dhanbad have a technical stoppage here. Due to shortage in spaces, Dhanbad does-not have any loco-shed at present. It used to have a steam loco shed earlier. It has a trip loco shed at its outer section, has its electric loco shed at Gomoh and its diesel loco shed at Patratu. Being the largest station in the area it finds a very heavy patronage and a huge number of passengers use this station every day. A lot of people from adjoining districts like Bokaro, Koderma, Giridih come to Dhanbad early morning to catch the 'morning trains' to various destinations like Kolkata, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Patna, Burdwan and Gaya. Recently Dhanbad also became the 1st station in the country (along with Howrah) to have an AC double-decker express running in between them (see Howrah – Dhanbad Double Decker Express) though this train has been a rare failure plying through this route.
Dhanbad Junction's location on the Delhi Kolkata Grand chord route, makes it served by numerous express and superfast trains from all over the country. Several electrified local passenger trains also run from Dhanbad to neighbouring destinations at regular intervals.
|Train No.||Train Name||Train type||Zone||From|
|18621||Patliputra Express||Exp||SER||Patna Junction/PNBE|
|63551||Asansol Dhanbad Passenger MEMU||MEMU||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|18605||Ranchi-Jaynagar Express||Exp||SER||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|15661||Ranchi-Kamakhya Express||Exp||NFR||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|18604||Bhagalpur-Ranchi Express via kiul||Exp||SER||Bhagalpur/BGP|
|13009||Doon Express||Exp||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|13009-Slip||Doon Express Slip||Exp||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12324||New Delhi-Howrah SF Express||SF||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|3062||Mumbai CST - Howrah Summer Special||Exp||ER||Mumbai CST/CSTM|
|12321||Howrah-Mumbai Mail||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|15028||Maurya Express||Exp||NER||Gorakhpur Junction/GKP|
|12274||New Delhi-Howrah Duronto Express||Drnt||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|12176||Chambal Express||SF||NCR||Gwalior Junction/GWL|
|19305||Shipra Express||Exp||WR||Indore Junction BG/INDB|
|12178||Chambal Express||SF||NCR||Mathura Junction/MTJ|
|12938||Howrah Gandhidham Garbha Express||SF||WR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12496||Pratap Express||SF||NWR||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|12307-Slip||Howrah-Bikaner SF Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12307||Howrah-Jodhpur SF Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12987||Sealdah Ajmer Express||SF||NWR||Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH|
|17005||Hyderabad-Darbhanga Express||Exp||SCR||Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB|
|13308||Ganga Sutlej Express||Exp||ECR||Firozpur Cantt./FZR|
|13330||Ganga Damodar Express||Exp||ECR||Patna Junction/PNBE|
|12314||New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani Express||Raj||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|63541||ASANSOL-GOMOH PASSENGER (MEMU)||MEMU||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|12302||New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express||Raj||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|Amritsar - Kolkata Chitpur Biweekly||SF||ER||Amritsar Junction/ASR||7:06|
|12250||New Delhi Howrah Yuva Express||Yuva||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|12322||Mumbai-Howrah Mail||SF||ER||Mumbai CST/CSTM|
|63542||Gomoh-Asansol MEMU||MEMU||ER||Gomoh Junction/GMO|
|53521||ASANSOL VARANASI PASSENGER||Pass||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|13319||Baidyanthdham-Ranchi Express||Exp||ECR||Baidyanathdham Deoghar/BDME|
|12260||New Delhi-Sealdah AC Duronto Express||Drnt||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|12941||Ahmedabad-Asansol (Weekly) SF Express||SF||WR||Ahmedabad Junction/ADI|
|12937||Garbha Express||SF||WR||Gandhidham Bg/GIMB|
|12495||Pratap Express||SF||NWR||Bikaner Junction/BKN|
|12019||Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express||Shtb||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|18628||Ranchi-Howrah InterCity Express||Exp||SER||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|53323||Sindri Town Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||ECR||Sindri Town/SNDT|
|63550||Koderma Dhanbad Passenger MEMU||MEMU||ER||Koderma/KQR|
|15662||Kamakhya-Ranchi Express||Exp||NFR||Kamakhya Junction/KYQ|
|13152||JammuTawi-Kolkata Chitpur Express||Exp||ER||Jammu Tawi/JAT|
|13026||Bhopal-Howrah Express||Exp||ER||Bhopal Junction/BPL|
|19606||Sare Jahan se Accha Express||Exp||NWR||Ajmer Junction/AII|
|19608||Ajmer-Kolkata Express||Exp||NWR||Ajmer Junction/AII|
|12832||Bhubaneswar-Dhanbad Garib Rath||GR||ECoR||Bhubaneswar/BBS|
|53061||Barddhaman-Hatia Passenger||Pass||ER||Barddhaman Junction/BWN|
|12988||Ajmer Sealdah Express||SF||NWR||Ajmer Junction/AII|
|22388||Black Diamond Express||SF||ECR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12371||Howrah - Jaisalmer SF Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|3061||Howrah - Mumbai CST Summer Special||Exp||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12381||Poorva Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|11045||Deekshabhoomi Express||Exp||CR||Shahu Maharaj Terminus/KOP|
|12372||Jaisalmer - Howrah SF Express||SF||ER||Jaisalmer/JSM|
|12382||Poorva Express||SF||ER||New Delhi/NDLS|
|12320||Agra Cantt-Kolkata Superfast Express||SF||ER||Agra Cantt./AGC|
|3126||Delhi - Kolkata Weekly SF Summer Special||SF||ER||Old Delhi/DLI|
|53325||Sindri Town Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||ECR||Sindri Town/SNDT|
|12330||West Bengal Sampark Kranti Express||SKr||ER||Old Delhi/DLI|
|12380||Amritsar-Sealdah Express||SF||ER||Amritsar Junction/ASR|
|12385||Howrah - Dhanbad AC DD Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|68019||Jhargram Dhanbad Passenger||MEMU||SER||Jhargram/JGM|
|63545||Asansol Dhanbad Passenger||MEMU||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|53062||Hatia Barddhaman Passenger||Pass||ER||Hatia/HTE|
|53340||Chandrapura Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||ECR||Chandrapura/CRP|
|53327||Sindri Town Gomoh Passenger||Pass||ECR||Sindri Town/SNDT|
|12357||Kolkata-Amritsar Superfast Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|12273||Howrah-New Delhi Duronto Express||Drnt||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|17006||Darbhanga-Hyderabad Express||Exp||SCR||Darbhanga Junction/DBG|
|13332||Patna Dhanbad Express||Exp||ECR||Patna Junction/PNBE|
|13151||Kolkata Chitpur-JammuTawi Express||Exp||ER||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|3125||Kolkata - Delhi Weekly SF Summer Special||SF||ER||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|12379||Sealdah- Amritsar Exp Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH|
|12329||West Bengal Sampark Kranti||SKr||ER||Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH|
|12319||Kolkata-Agra Cantt Superfast Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|19605||Sare Jahan se Accha Weekly Express||Exp||NWR||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|19607||Kolkata Ajmer Express||Exp||NWR||Kolkata Chitpur/KOAA|
|13025||Howrah-Bhopal Express||Exp||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12020||Ranchi-Howrah Shatabdi Express||Shtb||ER||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|13320||Ranchi-Baidyanathdham Express||Exp||ECR||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|53321||ASANSOL DHANBAD PASS||Pass||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|53328||Gomoh Sindri Town Passenger||Pass||ECR||Gomoh Junction/GMO|
|18627||Howrah-Ranchi InterCity Express||Exp||SER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|13302||Suvarna Rekha Express||Exp||ECR||Tatanagar Junction/TATA|
|13403||Vananchal Express||Exp||ER||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|11448||Shaktipunj Express||Exp||WCR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|53522||Varanasi-Asansol Passenger||Pass||ER||Varanasi Junction/BSB|
|18603||Ranchi-Bhagalpur Express via Kiul||Exp||SER||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|63543||ASANSOL GOMOH PASS||MEMU||ER||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|12301||Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express||Raj||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12313||Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express||Raj||ER||Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH|
|12249||Howrah New Delhi Yuva Express||Yuva||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12942||Asansol Ahmedabad (Weekly) Parasnath Express||SF||WR||Asansol Junction/ASN|
|53333||Sindri Town Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||ECR||Sindri Town/SNDT|
|13306||Gaya-Dhanbad InterCity||Exp||ECR||Gaya Junction/GAYA|
|53336||Ranchi Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||ECR||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|12339||Coalfield Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|63544||Gomoh Asansol Passenger MEMU||MEMU||ER||Gomoh Junction/GMO|
|12259||Sealdah-New Delhi AC Duronto Express||Drnt||ER||Kolkata Sealdah/SDAH|
|19306||Shipra Express||Exp||WR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12175||Chambal Express||SF||NCR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|12177||Chambal Express||SF||NCR||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|13304||Dhanbad InterCity Express||Exp||ECR||Ranchi Junction/RNC|
|12323||Howrah-NewDelhi SF Express||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|58603||Kharagpur-Dhanbad Passenger||Pass||SER||Kharagpur Junction/KGP|
|11447||Shaktipunj Express||Exp||WCR||Jabalpur Junction/JBP|
|12311||Kalka Mail||SF||ER||Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH|
|22308||Bikaner-Howrah SF Express||SF||ER||Bikaner Junction/BKN|
|12308||Jodhpur-Howrah SF Express||SF||ER||Jodhpur Junction/JU|
The nearest airports to Dhanbad Junction are:
- Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi 140 kilometres (87 mi)
- Gaya Airport 207 kilometres (129 mi)
- Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata 269 kilometres (167 mi)
- Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna 271 kilometres (168 mi)
- Dhanbad Airport coming soon, Dhanbad,Template:5km
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