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Rail transport is an important mode of transport in India.

All main-line rail operations in India are handled by Indian Railways (IR), a state-owned organization of the Ministry of Railways. , the rail network comprises 121,407 km (75,439 mi) of track over a route of 67,368 km (41,861 mi) and 7,349 stations. It is the fourth-largest railway network in the world (after those of the United States, Russia and China). Thirty eight percent of the routes are electrified with 25 KV AC electric traction while thirty-three percent of them are double or multi-tracked.

It is one of the busiest networks in the world, transporting 8.107 billion passengers and over 1.108 billion tonnes of freight annually, Indian Railways is the world's eighth largest employer, with more than 1.308 million employees as of March 2017. As of March 2017, IR's rolling stock consisted of 277,987 freight wagons, 70,937 passenger coaches and 11,452 locomotives. IR owns locomotive and coach-production facilities at several locations in India.

The urban rail transit systems across the country are operated independently of Indian Railways. There are currently 11 operational rapid transit (also called 'metro') systems in ten cities in India. As of November 2017, India has 425 kilometres (264 miles) of operational metro lines and 347 stations. A further 500+ km of lines are under construction.

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A front view of Guntur Junction

Guntur Division is one of the six divisions of South Central Railway (SCR), a zone of the Indian Railways. It administer's the rail transport in the east-central areas of Andhra Pradesh and covers the districts of Nalgonda, Guntur, Kurnool and Prakasam. With a system length of 1748 km, it is the third largest division of SCR, with 67 major and minor stations spread over a total route length of 618.8 km. The Guntur Division is also one of the newest divisions of Indian Railways, when announced in 1997 by the then Railway Minister of India. It became fully functional from 1 April, 2003 with P.N Shukla as its first Divisional Railway Manager. Consisting entirely of Broad Gauge track, it was formed by merging the most far-flung and least productive stretches of Vijayawada, Secunderabad and Guntakal divisions of the South Central Railway. Guntur Junction is the largest railway station of this division, located in Guntur City.

The division's total expenditure in 2008-09 was to the tune of Rs. 1.35 billion. Its Performance Efficiency Index was therefore pegged at 57.04%. The corresponding figures for 2007-08 were 0.89 billion and 32.92% respectively. The headquarters of the Guntur Division is located at Rail Vikas Bhavan, Pattabhipuram, Guntur.

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Howrah–Nagpur–Mumbai line
0 Howrah
116 Kharagpur
to Howrah-Chennai main line
to Adra
More information:Tatanagar-Kharagpur line
West Bengal-Jharkhand border
250 Tatanagar
to Asansol-Tatanagar line
More information:Tatanagar-Bilaspur section
312 Chakradharpur
Jharkhand-Odisha border
413 Rourkela
515 Jharsuguda
to Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram line
528 Brajarajnagar
Odisha-Chhattisgarh border
588 Raigarh
637 Sakti
to Korba
667 Champa
720 Bilaspur
to Katni
More information:Bilaspur-Nagpur section
767 Bhatapara
to Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram line
830 Raipur
867 Durg
897 Rajnandgaon
928 Dongargarh
Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border
to Balaghat
1001 Gondia
to Bilaspur-Nagpur section
1051 Tumsar Road
1069 Bhandara Road
to Chhindwara
1131 Nagpur
to Itarsi
1207 Sevagram
to Nagpur-Hyderabad line
1210 Wardha
1239 Pulgaon
1259 Dhamangaon
1305 Badnera
1346 Murtajapur
to Secunderabad
1384 Akola Junction
to Khandwa
1421 Shegaon
1434 Jalamb
1446 Nandura
1474 Malkapur
to Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line
1524 Bhusawal
1548 Jalgaon
1641 Chalisgaon
1708 Manmad
1781 Nasik
1787 Devlali
1832 Igatpuri
1915 Kalyan
More information:Central line
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
1959 Dadar Central
1968 Mumbai CST

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Pamban Bridge
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Pamban bridge
Coordinates 9°16′57.25″N 79°12′5.91″E / 9.2825694°N 79.2016417°E / 9.2825694; 79.2016417
Carries Rail
Locale Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Owner Indian Railways
Total length 6,776 feet (2,065 m)
No. of spans 144
Rail characteristics
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge broad gauge
Construction start 1911
Construction end 1914
Opened 1915

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Main Entrance of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , formerly Victoria Terminus, and better known by its abbreviation CST or Bombay VT, is a historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways.It is the first station in India, then called Bori Bunder. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India. It is the only railway station to be a UNESCO World Heritage. The station building was designed in the Victorian Gothic style of architecture, by Axel Herman and Frederick William Stevens. It was constructed by 1888, by Frederick William Stevens at a cost of Rs.16,14,000/-(then).

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2018 in rail transport in India

  • July 20 – The government of Andra Pradesh announces that among the eight companies that submitted proposals, Larsen & Toubro is the preferred bidder for construction of the Hyderabad Metro in India, costing a proposed Indian Rupee symbol.svg122 billion. The state and federal governments will each finance 20% of the project while Larsen & Toubro will finance the remaining 60%. The project is expected to be completed in 2014. (Railway Gazette)
  • June 6 - Passengers of the Hazrat Nizamuddin-Visakhapatnam Samata Express had a narrow escape when its engine derailed near Arand railway station in Chhattisgarh, but no one was injured. Rail services through the track were affected for about five hours due to the derailment at an area between Arand and Bhimkhoj stations in Raipur section. The cause of derailment is yet to be ascertained, officials said.The Hindu

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Timelapse video of Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express, 2016

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  • Top: WDP-4 20005 in Short hood Forward mode
  • Below: WDP-4 20044 in Long hood Forward mode.
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder EMD & DLW
Model GT46PAC
Build date (EMD) 2001
(DLW) 2003–Present
Total produced (EMD) 10
(DLW) 170+ under license (in production)
 • AAR B1-1B (WDP-4), C-C (WDP-4B/4D)
Gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Trucks HTSC
  • Bo1-1Bo (WDP-4)
  • Co-Co (WDP-4B and WDP-4D)
Fuel type Diesel fuel
Fuel capacity 1,600 US gal (1,300 imp gal; 6,100 L)
Prime mover 16-710G3B
Engine type 2-stroke V16 diesel
Aspiration turbocharged
Displacement 11,360 cu in (186.2 L)
Alternator TA-17-CA6A AC,
1 inverter per truck
Cylinders 16
Transmission Diesel
Loco brake Air
Train brakes Air
Performance figures
Power output
  • 4,000 hp (2,980 kW) (WDP-4)
  • 4,500 hp (3,360 kW) (WDP-4B and WDP-4D)
Rated top speed: 180 km/h, (Talgo Trial Run)
Operators Indian Railways
Locale India

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Inaugural of Maitree Express train of the Bangladesh Railway (2008 April 14), at Dhaka Cantonment.

The Maitree Express (Hindi: मैत्री एक्सप्रेस), or Moitree Express (Bengali: মৈত্রী এক্সপ্রেস), is the name of international passenger train servies connecting Bangladesh to the Indian state of West Bengal. The name Maitree Express means the Friendship Express, denoting the significance of the train service to the foreign relations between India and Bangladesh. Train services between the two countries existed before the partition of India – the Maitree Express re-established this connection between the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka with Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, in 2008 after being closed for 43 years. In 2017, a second train (the Maitree Express-II) was inaugurated connecting Kolkata with the Bangladeshi city of Khulna, recreating the previous Barisal Express route.

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra
Express train and Passenger train station
Location Katra, Reasi District, Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates 32°58′56″N 74°56′07″E / 32.98222°N 74.93528°E / 32.98222; 74.93528
Elevation 813.707 m (2,670 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Northern Railways
Line(s) Jammu–Baramulla line
Platforms 3
Parking Available
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code SVDK
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Firozpur
Opened July 4, 2014; 4 years ago (2014-07-04)
Electrified 25 kV AC, 50 Hz OHLE
Katra is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location within Jammu and Kashmir
Katra is located in India
Katra (India)

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