Lucknow Charbagh railway station

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Lucknow Charbagh

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Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow.jpg
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
LocationCharbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919Coordinates: 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919
Elevation123.500 metres (405.18 ft)
Line(s)Varanasi-Jaunpur Jn-Faizabad-Lucknow Line Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
Varanasi-Jaunpur City-Sultanpur-Lucknow line
Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway
Barabanki–Lucknow Suburban Railway
Lucknow–Moradabad line
Lucknow-Gorakhpur line
Platforms12 (4 under construction)[1]
ConnectionsCentral Bus Station, Taxi Stand, Auto Stand, Charbagh metro station.
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
Bicycle facilitiesAvailable
ArchitectJ.H. Hornimen
Other information
Station codeLKO, LJN
Fare zoneNorthern Railway zone, Lucknow NR railway division, North Eastern Railway zone, Lucknow NER railway division
OpenedMarch 21, 1914; 104 years ago (1914-03-21)
Previous namesOudh and Rohilkhand Railway / East Indian Railway Company

Lucknow railway station (official name Lucknow NR, station code LKO) is one of the two main railway stations of Lucknow city for broad gauge trains, other one is "Lucknow Jn" (station code "LJN"). This page contains information about the Lucknow NR Railway Station.


On 23 April 1867, the 47 mile Lucknow-Kanpur section was opened for traffic. This became part of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railway. The present Lucknow division, in 1925 was part of East Indian Railway till 1952. It caters to the Rail transport requirement of the most populous state of the country, serving 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, with a total route of 1,458.94 km (906.54 mi), through 194 stations.

Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station, till 1867, was a large orchard. The present Station building was constructed in 1926 with domes and minars of Mughal architectural design, intended to harmonise with the architecture peculiar to the important historical buildings to the city which date to the days of the Nawabs of Oudh. The building constructed in red brick has a frontage of long verandahs adorned with Mughal arches.[3] It is situated at Charbagh in the south of the city, hence the popular name. The words 'Char Bagh' refer to the four gardens which existed here earlier.[4] Lucknow city is well connected with all metro and other important cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Bhopal either by Lucknow Charbagh (N.R.) or by Lucknow Junction (N.E.R.). The terms "Lucknow Charbagh railway station" and "Lucknow NR station" are used for the same railway station LKO.


Station Director is administrative head of Lucknow Charagh Station. Shri Sudeep Singh, an IRTS officer (Indian Railway Traffic Service) is current Station Director of Lucknow Charbagh railway station. LKO is operated by Lucknow Division of Northern Railway.


The ostentatious structural design of Charbagh Railway Station enthrals a tourist at the onset. Built at a whooping price of 70 lakhs, it was designed by J.H. Hornimen. The foundation of the Charbagh Railway Station was placed by the Bishop, in March 1914.[5]

The Charbagh railway station building's foundation stone was laid in 1914 and the building was completed in 1923.A major role in its design and planning was carried out by Chaubey Mukta Prasad, a counsulting engineer for Ms Lanebrown and Hulett. It has a large garden in front of the building. It incorporates the mix of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal architecture and has a palatial appearance. A unique feature of the Charbagh railway station is that an aerial view of the station building shows it as a chess board and the domes and pillars of the building appear to be pieces of a chess game.[6] Architecturally, it is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.[7] The Government Railway Police station at Lucknow's Charbagh railway station holds an ISO 9001 certificate.[8]

Built on a raised plinth, it has a rectangular ground plan with projecting porticos. There are several towers and clusters of circular Awadhi domes. The wide, raised platforms have several halls and rooms for official purposes.

It is also the main hub for the Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway system (MEMU).

Panoramic view of Lucknow station


The station is also proposed as an intersection for Lucknow Metro routes i.e. North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor. It will be a terminal station for East-West Corridor.

Line First operational Stations Length
     East-West Corridor Under Construction 12 11.098 Lucknow Charbagh railway station Vasant Kunj

Suburban stations[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "View source for Lucknow Charbagh railway station", Wikipedia, retrieved 2018-08-07
  3. ^,1,263,314,316
  4. ^ Historical Places in Lucknow Archived 3 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Charbagh Station, Famous Charbagh Station, Charbagh Station Lucknow, Charbagh Railway Station, Charbagh Railway Stn Lucknow, Charbagh Station of Uttar Pradesh".
  6. ^ "Lucknow Railways Station -Charbagh -Welcome to the City of Nawabs – Lucknow Travel Guide".
  7. ^ "India's best railway stations". Rediff. 14 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Lucknow police station gets ISO-9001 certification". Yahoo! News India. IANS. 11-03-2012. Retrieved 2015-03-06. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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