Jabalpur–Bhusaval section

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Jabalpur–Bhusaval section
Status Operational
Locale Narmada Valley, Tapti Valley, hilly region in between
Termini Jabalpur
Opened 1870
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) North Central Railway
West Central Railway
Depot(s) Itarsi, Bhusaval
Rolling stock WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDS-6 and WDP-4 diesel locos; and WAM-4, WAP- 4, WAG-5, WAG-7 and WCM-6 electric locomotives.
Track length 552 km (343 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Operating speed up to 130 km/h

The Jabalpur–Bhusaval section is a railway line connecting Jabalpur and Bhusaval. This 552 km (343 mi) track is part of the Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line. The line is under the jurisdiction of West Central Railway and Central Railway.


The Great Indian Peninsula Railway's pioneering Bombay-Thane line was extended to Kalyan in May 1854. Bhusaval station was set up in 1860. In 1866 Bhusawal-Khandwa section was opened. The GIPR connection reached Jabalpur from Itarsi on 7 March 1870, linking up with the East Indian Railway Company track there from Allahabad, and establishing connectivity between Mumbai and Kolkata.[1][2]


While the Itarsi-Harda sector was electrified in 1990-91, the Harda-Khandwa-Bhusaval sector was electrified the next year.[3] The 605 km long Naini-Manikpur-Katni-Itarsi route has been identified for electrification under Vision 2020 – A Blue print for Railway Electrification Programme.[4]

Speed limits[edit]

The Allahabad-Bhusawal section is classified as 'B' class where trains can run up to 130 km/h.[5]

Passenger movement[edit]

Jabalpur and Bhusaval are amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[6]

Loco sheds[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. Bhusaval electric loco shed has WAM-4, WAP-4, WAG-5, WAG-7 and WCM-6 locomotives.[7]


  1. ^ "IR History: Early Days – I". Chronology of railways in India, Part 2 (1832 - 1865). Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "IR History: Early Days – II". Chronology of railways in India, Part 2 (1870 - 1899). Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vision 2020 – A Blueprint for Railway Electrification" (PDF). Ministry of Railways. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Permanent Way". Track Classifications. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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