Pune Junction railway station
|Location||H. H. Prince Aga Khan Road, Pune.
|Elevation||560.000 metres (1,837.270 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Line(s)||Mumbai Dadar-Solapur line
|Fare zone||Central Railway|
|Opened||July 27, 1925|
|Rebuilt||10 March 1996|
|Indian Railways, Pune Suburban Railway
Pune Junction railway station is the main railway hub of Pune. It is a railway junction with on the Mumbai – Chennai railway line. It is also the origin of Pune – Bengaluru railway line. All trains are operated by Indian Railways. Pune Railway Station serves as a stop for south bound trains from Mumbai, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as the origin/destination for trains to north India. Pune is well linked to the entire country by this station. There are plans for a bullet train from Pune to Ahmedabad which will originate/terminate here. This is a major head for freight transport for Pune.
On 1 June every year celebration of birthday of Deccan Queen Express train takes place on this station. This station has two footbridges. Plans are being made to upgrade this station to world-class standard.
The Mumbai – Pune railway line was completed in 1856 and Pune railway station was opened. This was the time when the first train ran from Pune railway station. The Pune – Miraj line was completed by 1886. Initially Pune – Miraj line was meter gauge track. The first express train ran in 1928 between Mumbai – Pune.
Pune's suburban service operate on 2 major routes, i.e. from Pune Junction to Lonavala and from Pune Junction to Talegaon. There are 3 trains which operate on Pune – Talegaon route while 15 trains operate on Pune – Lonavala route. Important stations on this route are Shivajinagar Station, Khadki Station, Pimpri Station, Chinchwad Station, Akurdi Station, Dehu Road Station, Talegaon Station and Lonavala Station. There are 8 passenger trains between Pune Junction to Daund section. These operate as suburban trains for this route. In this way the Pune to Daund section becomes the third route for suburban trains. The important halts on this route are Loni Station and Urali Station. Electrification works have begun on Pune – Daund section, after completion it is expected that the route will get regular suburban trains. The administration is now focusing to complete this work quickly.
Pune – Lonavla
Pune Suburban Railway System
Diesel Loco Shed
A diesel loco shed located near Ghorpadi railway station comes under the Pune Railway Division. It is one of the three diesel sheds belonging to Central railway and the largest of all of them.
Indian Railways are planning to start High-speed rail in India. Pune-Ahmedabad Bullet train is one of these trains. This train will cover 533 km at an average speed of 350 km/h. This train will stop at Mumbai. Currently Pune-Ahmedabad section takes 10 hrs by rail. This distance will be covered in just 1 hrs 52 min with the introduction of this bullet train. This train is expected to cover Pune to Mumbai in 40 min. It is expected that this route will have 26.6 million passengers by 2021.
Karnataka govt has planned to run bullet trains between Bangalore and Belgaum. If Pune Miraj rail line is converted to bullet train route and linked to Belgaum bullet train route then Pune Bangalore travel could happen in less than 5 hours and Pune Miraj could take just 1 hour. Currently Pune Bangalore travel via Sampark Kranti express takes almost 18 hours.
There are plans for increasing connection, upgrading the station and suburban railway and also to shift the freight depot to Mundwa to accommodate more freight trains.
- To connect Pune to Nashik by rail. (Feasibility survey accepted in budget 2011 – 12)
- Demand of New Railway line between Chinchwad Railway Station and Roha (Konkan Railways).
- To start new express trains form Pune to Ahmedabad (Via Nasik), Amritsar, Bangalore, Guwahati and Surat (Via Nasik).
- To start Duronto to Bangalore (Yeshwantpur) and Chennai
- To start hourly railway service between Mumbai – Pune section.
- To start high-speed railway service to Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
- To increase platforms from 6 to 9.
- To modernize this station to international standard.
- To increase one track between Pune and Lonavla and to increase frequency to 30 minutes in peak hours and 45 minutes in non peak hours. (Survey accepted in budget 2011 – 12)
- To construct separate terminal for suburban trains.
- To shift the freight depot (Maldhakka) to Mundhwa area to accommodate more freight trains.
New EMU Terminal
The new EMU terminal will be situated to the west of the existing station. It will have two lines and one platform. This Proposal includes:
- Extension of existing platforms to accommodate 24 coach train.
- A new terminal for EMU to accommodate 15 coach train.
- Three foot over-bridge to connect new terminal to other platforms.
Hutatma Express at Pune Junction
Lonavala EMU at Pune platform 6
12221 Pune Howrah Duronto Express at Pune Junction
Pune Nagpur Garib Rath Express at Pune Junction platform 5
WDG 3A at a small siding between platform 2 & 3
Pune - Patna Super Fast Express Hauled By WDM 2 At Pune Railway Station
Maldhakka Goods Yard
Maldhakka is the freight depot of Pune Railway Station and consist of 2 railway shades. All freight trains are loaded and unloaded at this depot. The entrance to the goods yard is situated in Maldhakka Chowk. There is currently a proposal to shift this depot to Mundhwa.
This was a platform in use for many years for Pune Suburban Service after opening of this station. But this platform was then merged into platform 1 due to inconvenience. This platform's beginning point was after platform 1. When the size of train was increased more than 15 boogies it became inconvenient to fit two trains. On the other hand, size of Suburban trains was also increased due to growing passengers. Hence this platform was merged in Platform 1.
- Pune to Mumbai Trains
- Dedicated Intercity trains of India
- Pune International Airport
- Pune Station Bus Stand
- Rail transport in India
- Roads in Pune
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