North Central Railway zone

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North Central Railway
उत्तर मध्य रेलवे
13-North Central Railway
Locale North-Central India
Dates of operation 2003; 15 years ago (2003)–present
Track gauge Mixed
Length 3,062 kilometres (1,903 mi)
Headquarters Allahabad

The North Central Railway (abbreviated NCR and उमरे) is one of the seventeen railway zones in India. The largest railway station in NCR is Kanpur Central. It is headquartered at Allahabad and comprises three divisions: reorganized Allahabad division of the erstwhile Northern Railway, Jhansi division of the erstwhile Central Railway, and new Agra division.


Extent of the Indian railway network in 1909

The North Central Railway, in its present form, came into existence on 1 April 2003. The North Central Railway present network extends over a large area of North Central India, covering the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

By December 2017, railways for the first time installed 6,095 GPS-enabled "Fog Pilot Assistance System" railway signalling devices in four most affected zones, Northern Railway zone, North Central Railway zone, North Eastern Railway zone and North Western Railway zone, by doing away with the old practice of putting firecrackers on train tracks to alter train divers running trains on snail's pace. With these devices, train pilots precisely know in advance, about the location of signals, level-crossing gates and other such approaching markers.[1]

Area covered[edit]

The zone spreads across three divisions viz Allahabad, Jhansi and Agra. It extends from Ghaziabad (excl.) in the north to Mughalsarai (excl.) in the east on New Delhi-Howrah trunk route and from Palwal (excl.) to Bina (excl.) on New Delhi Mumbai/Chennai corridor. North Central Railway span parts of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with about 3062 route km of BG comprising predominately double line- electrified sections defining the sides and diagonals of the Golden Quadrilateral. NCR consists of 202 main line stations & 221 branch line stations. This zone forms a corridor for trains almost directions viz. East to north and north to east a total of 29 pairs of mail-express trains daily west/south to north and north to south/west total 37 pairs of M/Exp. Trains daily east to Southwest and southwest to east a total of 25 pairs of Mail/Express trains daily East to West & West to East a total of 12 pairs of Mail/Express Trains Daily.[2]

Serving the heartland of India, the North Central Railways comprises the following three divisions.[2]

  1. Allahabad railway division
  2. Jhansi railway division
  3. Agra railway division

Workshop and manpower[edit]

There are two workshops on the North Central Railway. Wagon Repair Workshop, Jhansi deals with repairing of wagon stock of Indian Railways. It was established in 1895. Rail Spring Karkhana, Sithouli, Gwalior,deals with manufacturing of Coaching Stock springs as well as Locomotive springs. NCR also has an electric loco shed where damaged engine of Magadh Express has been modern technology to run Delhi-Howrah Duronto Express. The NCR has a total staff strength of 69,644.[2] NCR in its effort to boost use of solar power under National Solar Mission has selected Vivaan Solar, a company from Gwalior to install a total of 1.5 MW rooftop solar power project at the wagon repair workshop of Jhansi Junction railway station. The company will install rooftop solar panels on production sheds and service buildings of the complex.[3][4]


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