Indore Junction railway station

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Indore Junction
Regional rail, Light rail and Commuter rail station
Indore Junction entrance (2).jpg
Indore Railway Station
LocationIndore, Madhya Pradesh
Coordinates22°43′00″N 75°52′04″E / 22.71667°N 75.86778°E / 22.71667; 75.86778
Elevation550.20 m (1,805 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byRatlam railway division
ConnectionsBus stop, iBus, Taxi Stand, Auto Stand, E-rickshaw
Structure typeStandard (on ground station)
Bicycle facilitiesAvailable
Disabled accessHandicapped/disabled access
Other information
Station codeINDB
Fare zoneWestern Railway zone
Opened1893; 126 years ago (1893)
Rebuilt1921; 98 years ago (1921)
Electrified2011; 8 years ago (2011)
Route map
Katni Murwara
Madan Mahal
Indore Junction is located in Madhya Pradesh
Indore Junction
Indore Junction
Location within Madhya Pradesh

Indore Junction (station code: INDB) is one of the railway junctions in Madhya Pradesh and serves Indore, the commercial capital of Central India. The railway station of Indore Junction BG falls under the administrative control of Western Railway Zone of Indian Railways. It consists of 4 main railway platforms. The UjjainIndore route and Indore Junction was electrified in 2011. The Station is located 1 km away from the city centre. It is one of the ISO Certified Railway Stations of India.[1]


Holkar State Railway[edit]

Extent of Great Indian Peninsula Railway network in 1870

His Highness the Maharajah Holkar of Indore Sawai Shri Tukojirao Holkar II, in 1870, offered a loan of £10 million sterling for the construction of a rail-line to his capital city of Indore, taking off from the Great Indian Peninsula (G.I.P.) Railway main line.[2] A quick survey was made and Khandwa on the G.I.P. line was chosen as junction point. The alignment was to pass through Sanawad, Kheree Ghat on the Narmada and then by way of the Choral Valley up the slopes of the Vindhyas to Indore. Maharaja Holkar's contribution accelerated the construction of rail-lines in Malwa region.

During 1870s, a rail line of Holkar State Railway was sanctioned between Khandwa and Indore passing the MHOW Ghat.[3] The Holkar Railway required very heavy works due to very steep gradients(up to 1 in 40) on the Vindhya Ghats. It also involved digging of 4 tunnels aggregating 510 yards in length, deep cuttings and heavy retaining walls. River Narmada was crossed by a bridge of 14 spans, 197 feet each and piers 80 feet above low water level. There are 14 other large bridges with high piers, the highest pier being 152 feet above the bottom of the ravine. The first section Khandwa-Sanawad was opened for traffic on 1.12.1874. The Narmada Bridge was opened for traffic on 5.10.1876 by His Highness the Maharaja of Holkar who named it ‘Holkar-Narmada Bridge’.[4]

Scindia–Neemuch Railway[edit]

Surveys between Indore and Neemuch started long back in 1871–72 when the plan and estimates for the whole project was submitted to the Government of India in 1872–73. Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia of Gwalior agreed to grant a loan of Rs. 7.5 million at 4 per cent per annum interest for the project and the railway was renamed as ‘Scindia – Neemuch Railway’. It also included a branch line to Ujjain from Indore. The Indore – Ujjain branch line was opened in August 1876 and the line was completed in 1879–80.

Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway[edit]

The Holkar Railway and Scindia Neemuch Railway amalgamated under a single management in the year 1881–82 and were named as Rajputana Malwa railway. In 1882, Khandwa-Indore line extended to Ajmer. The identity of Rajputana Malwa Railway remained for a very short while and its management was taken over by Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway Company on 1 January 1885 till 1951.[5]

Western Railway[edit]

Indore Railway Station was reconstructed by B.B. & in the year 1921. On 5 November 1951, Western Railway with its headquarters at Mumbai came into existence after merging of B.B. & C.I.Railway with the other State Railways and overtook the administration of Indore Junction. The broad gauge portion was extended from UjjainMaksiIndore in 1964–66 and the doubling of the IndoreBhopal sections was completed in during 1993–2001.


The Indore Junction is connected with Ujjain Junction to the north west, Mhow Cantonment to the south, Dewas Junction to the north and Khandwa Junction to the south east. Being a junction station, it is well connected to Jaipur,Luck now,Mumbai,New Delhi, Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Gadarwara, Narsinghpur , Katni, Khandwa, Ratlam and Bina within the state.

The station is well-connected to major stations of India such as Mumbai, Nagpur, Kota, Dehradun, Pune, Bangalore, Udaipur, Amritsar and Patna.


Western Railway started the electrification of UjjainIndore & DewasMaksi in the period of 2007–08 & completed in June 2012. A trial run of a special inspection saloon was also conducted on the newly laid system build at a cost of Rs 70 crore.[6]


The construction of two new platforms is Done, which was approved earlier by the Western Railways (WR). The Indore Railway Station now have a modern station complex developed by the Western Railway's Ratlam division close to Rajkumar railway overbridge. This elevated structure would offer commuters space at the ground floor and have ticket booking counters, waiting halls etc. on the first floor. The complex offer's sufficient parking facilities.[7] The facility would be equipped with division's first underpass. A multi-storey parking facility is also under construction in the station premises.Now in present there are Six plateform in Indore junction(BG).In present the Conversion of indore-khandwa (Meter-guage) to (Broad-Guage) rail line is in progress.A new line from Indore (Jn) to Dahod (Jn) s also work in progress.Both rail line's would be completed in year 2022 & 2023 respectively.Due to which the rail connectivity would be increse to the commercial capital of central india.

Suburban trains[edit]

Indore suburban railway
Indore New Rajendra Nagar Terminus
Rajendra Nagar
Indore Lokmanya Nagar
Indore Saifi Nagar
Indore Junction MG
Indore Lakshmibai Nagar

The Indore Suburban Railway is a commuter rail system serving the Indore Metropolitan Region. It is operated by Indian Railways' zonal Western Railways (WR). It has the highest passenger density of any urban railway system in Madhya Pradesh. The trains plying on its routes are commonly referred to as local trains or simply as locals.

Major Trains[edit]

Following trains start from Indore Junction railway station:

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Holkars Of Indore". Archived from the original on 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ "IR History: Part – II (1870–1899)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21.
  4. ^ "History of Ratlam Division" (PDF). Western Railway.
  5. ^ "A Parsi engine driver's wage slip of 1932". Railways of Raj Blog.
  6. ^ "Electric trains to run on new Indore-Ujjain track". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  7. ^ "Indore have a modern station complex". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2019-01-09.

External links[edit]

  • Ratlam Division, WR Website [1]