Kurla railway station
|Mumbai Suburban Railway station|
|Elevation||5.300 metres (17.39 ft)|
|Owned by||Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways|
|Line(s)||Central Line, Harbour Line|
|Structure type||Standard on-ground station|
|Station code||C (Central Line)
CH (Harbour Line)
|Fare zone||Central Railways|
Kurla is a railway station on the Central and Harbour lines of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. It is among the oldest railway stations in India, it being part of the original 21 mile (33.8 km) Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) section between Bombay (Mumbai) and Tannah (Thane) that opened in 1853.
Local trains terminating at Kurla began operating by 1879, a suburban terminus was built in 1913 and the line was quadrupled in 1915. A single line between Kurla and Chembur that had been laid for garbage clearance in 1906 was opened for suburban traffic in 1924. The service was operated by steam locomotives until the line was electrified in 1950.
The Harbour line was officially opened on 12 December 1910, between Kurla and Reay Road. It was named so because it catered to the eastern neighbourhoods along the city's natural harbour. In 1925, the line was connected to the then Victoria Terminus via an elevated rail corridor between Dockyard Road and Sandhurst Road. The country's first EMU rakes, manufactured by English Electric Company, were introduced between Bombay VT & Kurla on the Harbour line in 1925.
Kurla has eight operational platforms for the suburban local railway. Platform 1, 1A and 4 serve 'Slow' local trains. Platforms 2 and 3 are dedicated to trains originating and terminating at Kurla. Platforms 5 and 6 are used by 'Fast' local trains, while platforms 7 and 8 serve the Harbour line local trains. Platforms 9 and 10, which were originally used to terminate trains coming UP from Vashi were abandoned in the early 2000s.
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