Lahore Junction railway station

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Lahore Junction Station
لاہور جوڑ اسٹیشن
Lahore-railway-station.jpg
Lahore Junction Station Entrance
Location Empress Road
Lahore, Punjab 54000
Coordinates 31°34′38″N 74°20′11″E / 31.5772°N 74.3363°E / 31.5772; 74.3363Coordinates: 31°34′38″N 74°20′11″E / 31.5772°N 74.3363°E / 31.5772; 74.3363
Owned by Ministry of Railways
Line(s) Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line
Lahore–Wagah Branch Line
Platforms 11
Tracks 11
Connections Local Transit LTC (B-4, B-5, B-6, B-8, B-11, B-12, B-12A, B-17, B-21, B-24, B-33, B-41, B-42, B-43, B-49, B-54, B-56)
Local Transit PMTA (FR-1, FR-3, FR-9)
Subway interchange Lahore Metro (Lahore Station)
Construction
Structure type Standard
Other information
Station code LHR[1]
History
Opened 1860
Services
Preceding station   Lahore Junction railway station   Following station
Lahore Cantonment   Line
Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line
  Badami Bagh
Terminus   Line
Lahore–Wagah Branch Line
  Moghalpura Junction
Location
Lahore Junction railway station is located in Lahore
Lahore Junction railway station
Lahore Junction railway station
Location within Lahore
Lahore Junction railway station is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Lahore Junction railway station
Lahore Junction railway station
Location within Lahore
Lahore Junction railway station is located in Pakistan
Lahore Junction railway station
Lahore Junction railway station
Location within Lahore

Lahore Junction railway station (Urdu: لاہور جوڑ اسٹیشن‎, Punjabi: لاہور جوڑ اسٹیشن) is the central railway station in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated at the convergence of Empress Road, Allama Iqbal Road and Circular Road. The station building is owned by Pakistan Railways and also serves as its headquarters.

History[edit]

Lahore Junction Station main entrance
Lahore Junction Station view from top
Lahore Junction Station inner view
Lahore Junction Station outer wall
Inside the Station

Lahore Junction station was constructed by Mian Mohammad Sultan Chughtai, a former official of the Mughal Empire, between 1859-1860. The station served as the headquarters for the Punjab Railway and later would serve as the northern terminus of the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railway, which connected the port city of Karachi to Lahore. It was built in the style of a medieval castle to ward off any potential future uprisings, as seen in the 1857 War of Independence, with thick walls, turrets, and holes to direct gun and cannon fire for defense of the structure.[2] It remains a lasting legacy of the extensive railway network established during the British Raj, and reflects the British contribution to the region's infrastructure. The station was severely affected during the riots which followed the Partition of the British Indian Empire and the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Similar to the contemporaneous situation with migrating Muslims from Delhi, Lahore's Hindus and Sikhs migrating to India were frequently attacked and killed in large numbers.

Facilities[edit]

Lahore Junction Station is equipped with all basic facilities. The station has current and advance reservation offices for Pakistan Railways as well as cargo and parcel facilities. Retail shops are found mainly on platforms 1 and 2, including restaurants such as Pizza Hut and McDonald's.

Services[edit]

The following trains originate/stop/terminate at Lahore Junction station:

Preceding station   Pakistan Railways   Following station
toward Quetta
Akbar Express Terminus
Allama Iqbal Express
Awam Express
Terminus Badar Express
toward Faisalabad
toward Karachi City
Fareed Express Terminus
Terminus Ghouri Express
toward Faisalabad
toward Quetta
Jaffar Express
Karachi Express Terminus
toward Karachi City
Karakoram Express Terminus
Khyber Mail
Night Coach Express Terminus
Terminus Rawal Express
toward Rawalpindi
Terminus Pakistan Express
toward Rawalpindi
Shalimar Express Terminus
Terminus Subak Kharam Express
toward Rawalpindi
Terminus Subak Raftar Express
toward Rawalpindi
Tezgam
toward Rawalpindi

Gallery[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The film Bhowani Junction by MGM starring Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger, was shot here in 1956.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Web Site of Pakistan Railways
  2. ^ Glover, William (January 2007). Making Lahore Modern, Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City. Univ Of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816650224. The Lahore station, built during a time when securing British civilians and troops against a future “native” uprising was foremost in the government’s mind, fortified medieval castle, complete with turrets and crenellated towers, battered flanking walls, and loopholes for directing rifle and canon fire along the main avenues of approach from the city 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049007/locations

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