Lahore Junction railway station
Lahore Junction Station Entrance
Lahore, Punjab 54000
|Owned by||Ministry of Railways|
|Line(s)||Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line
Lahore–Wagah Branch Line
|Connections|| LTC (B-5)
PMTA (FR-1, FR-3, FR-9)
Lahore Metro (Lahore Station)
Lahore Junction Station
لاہور جوڑ اسٹیشن (Punjab, Pakistan)
Lahore Junction railway station (Urdu, 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.
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. 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.
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.
The following trains originate/stop/terminate at Lahore Junction station:
|Preceding station||Pakistan Railways||Following station|
|Allama Iqbal Express||
toward Sialkot Junction
toward Karachi City
toward Karachi City
|Night Coach Express||Terminus|
|Terminus||Subak Kharam Express|
|Terminus||Subak Raftar Express|
In popular culture
- Official Web Site of Pakistan Railways
- 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
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