New Jalpaiguri railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from New Jalpaiguri)
Jump to: navigation, search
New Jalpaiguri Junction
নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি জংশন
Regional rail and Light rail station
NJP entrance.jpg
Location New Jalpaiguri Road, Bhaktinagar, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal
Coordinates 26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389Coordinates: 26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389
Elevation 114.00 metres (374.02 ft)
Owned by Indian Railway
Operated by Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Line(s) Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,
Howrah–New Jalpaiguri line,
Haldibari-New Jalpaiguri line,
New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–Samuktala Road line
Barauni-Guwahati line
Platforms 9 (2 Narrow Gauge and 7 broad Gauge)
Parking Available
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code NJP
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Division(s) Katihar
Opened 1961; 55 years ago (1961)
Electrified Under Construction
New Jalpaiguri railway station is located in West Bengal
New Jalpaiguri railway station
New Jalpaiguri railway station
Location in West Bengal

New Jalpaiguri (more colloquially : NJP Station) is a railway station in the Indian state of West Bengal which serves the metropolis of Siliguri. It is the newest station in the city which was principally designed for the Indian broad gauge.


The partition of India in 1947 completely disrupted communication links in North Bengal and Assam with the southern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the links were through the eastern part of Bengal, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947. Siliguri gained in importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.[1]

Around 1949, Siliguri Junction station, a new station north of the old Siliguri Town railway station, came up with several metre gauge lines converging on it. In addition there was the narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running from Siliguri Town station to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. The Assam Rail Link Project, completed in 1950, linked the railways in Assam, with a metre gauge line to Kishanganj. The line running across North Bengal, spanned the Teesta, Torsha, and Sankosh rivers.[1][2]

In the early 1960s, Indian Railways started changing over from metre gauge to broad gauge and built a new 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge station south of Siliguri Town station. Since the new station was located in Jalpaiguri district, it was named New Jalpaiguri. By 1964, New Jalpaiguri became the most important railway station in the area. It had both broad gauge (to Kishanganj and Barsoi, and to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) and metre gauge (to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) tracks. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway narrow gauge track was extended from Siliguri town station to the new greenfield station.[1] The metre gauge track from New Jaipaiguri to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction was later converted to broad gauge.


New Jalpaiguri railway station has two double-bedded air-conditioned (AC) retiring rooms, six double-bedded non-AC retring rooms, one three-bedded dormitory and one twelve-bedded dormitory.[3] Other amenities include computerized reservation counters, vegetarian and non-vegetarian refreshment rooms and book stall.[4]

Passenger movement[edit]

New Jalpaiguri railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[5] New Jalpaiguri railway station is the second busiest railway station after Guwahati railway station in the Northeast Frontier Railway Zone.


More than a hundred trains pass through New Jalpaiguri station. Fifteen express trains and Nine passenger trains originate and terminate there as of August 2015.[6]

New Jalpaiguri handles the Guwahati Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Darjeeling Mail and Howrah - New Jalpaiguri Shatabdi Express trains.[6] Trains with longest east-west run in India include 15905/15906 - Dibrugarh Town to Kanyakumari Vivek Express. This weekly train; numbered 15905/15906, is currently the longest train route in the Indian subcontinent. It travels a distance of 4286 km in 82:30 hours (almost 4 days), Guwahati-Trivandrum Express covering 3,474 km, Guwahati-Okha Express covering 3,222 km, and Guwahati-Dadar Express covering 2,657 km. All these trains pass through New Jalpaiguri railway station.[7]

It is also the 10th Cleanest Station of India and the cleanest one in West Bengal and the Northeastern Region



  1. ^ a b c "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Retiring rooms in Northeast Frontier Railway". Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Jalpaiguri railway station". Make my trip. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "New Jalpaiguri Railway Station details". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Trivia". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-01-28. 

External links[edit]

External video
Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express arriving at New Jalpaiguri
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone Terminus
Northeast Frontier Railway zone