Pune Junction railway station

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Pune Junction
पुणे जंक्शन
Pune railway station - Entrance.jpg
Location H. H. Prince Aga Khan Road, Pune.
India
Coordinates 18°31′44″N 73°52′27″E / 18.5289°N 73.8743°E / 18.5289; 73.8743Coordinates: 18°31′44″N 73°52′27″E / 18.5289°N 73.8743°E / 18.5289; 73.8743
Elevation 560.000 metres (1,837.270 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Mumbai Dadar-Solapur line
Mumbai-Chennai line
Pune- Bengaluru
Platforms 6
Tracks 8
Construction
Parking Yes; paid
Other information
Station code PUNE
Division(s) Pune
Fare zone Central Railway
History
Opened July 27, 1925; 91 years ago (1925-07-27)
Rebuilt 10 March 1996
Electrified Yes
Traffic
Passengers 150,000
Services
Indian Railways, Pune Suburban Railway


Pune Junction railway station is the main railway hub of Pune. It is a railway junction with on the MumbaiChennai railway line. It is also the origin of PuneBengaluru 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.[1]

History[edit]

The MumbaiPune 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 PuneMiraj line was completed by 1886. Initially PuneMiraj line was meter gauge track. The first express train ran in 1928 between MumbaiPune.

Suburban Trains[edit]

Further information: Pune Suburban Service

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 PuneTalegaon route while 15 trains operate on PuneLonavala 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 PuneDaund section, after completion it is expected that the route will get regular suburban trains. The administration is now focusing to complete this work quickly.[2]


Pune – Lonavla
Pune Suburban Railway System
Pune Junction Mainline rail interchange BSicon LDER.svg Parking
Mutha River
Shivajinagar Bus interchange
Khadki
Mula River
Dapodi
Kasarwadi
Pimpri
Chinchwad
Akurdi
Dehu Road
Begdewadi
Ghorawadi
Talegaon
Vadgaon
Kanhe
Kamshet
Malavli
Lonavla Mainline rail interchange Parking

Deccan Odyssey[edit]

See also: Deccan Odyssey

This is a tourist trap operated by the Indian Railways. This train takes a tour of Maharashtra and Goa. Along its route it has Pune Junction as its stop.

Diesel Loco Shed[edit]

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.

Bullet Train plan[3][edit]

Further information: High-speed rail in India

Indian Railways are planning to start High-speed rail in India. Pune-Ahmedabad Bullet train[4] 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.[5] 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.

Proposed Plans[edit]

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.

Connection
Upgrading
  • 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.[11] (Survey accepted in budget 2011 – 12)
  • To construct separate terminal for suburban trains.[12]
Other
  • To shift the freight depot (Maldhakka) to Mundhwa area to accommodate more freight trains.

New EMU Terminal[edit]

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:[13]

  • 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.

Gallery[edit]

Maldhakka Goods Yard[edit]

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.

Platform 7[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World-class Pune station via public-private route". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  2. ^ "'Electrification of Pune-Daund route top priority for railways'". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Bullet train: Rlys studying feasibility report". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Bullet train project gets closer to realisation". Indianrlys.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  5. ^ Ranjan Dasgupta (2010-11-23). "Bullet train may cut Mumbai-Pune travel time to 40 minutes". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Rail Budget Plans for Maharashtra". Sakaaltimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Nashik-Pune railway project may be on track finally". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Railways Clueless On 95-km Broadguage Rail Route Between Chinchwad And Roha". Punescoop.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  9. ^ "Rlys mull Pune-Konkan link". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2002-04-25. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Chamber seeks hourly Pune-Mumbai trains". Indianexpress.com. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  11. ^ Survey may lead to better frequency of local trains
  12. ^ DNA Correspondent (2011-08-01). "Separate terminal on cards for suburban trains at Pune station". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Pune railway division proposes new EMU terminal". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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