Quetta railway station
Quetta Railway Station - Front view
|Owned by||Ministry of Railways|
|Line(s)||Rohri-Chaman Railway Line
Quetta-Taftan Railway Line
|Connections||Bus stand, Bus shelter, taxicab stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
Quetta railway station (Urdu: کوئٹہ ریلوے اسٹیشن , Balochi: کوئٹہ ریلوے اسٹیشن) is located in the middle of Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Quetta is connected to Lahore by a 1,170-kilometre-long (727 mi) railway line. Similarly, it is also connected by rail with Peshawar (1,587 kilometres (986 mi)), Karachi (863 kilometres (536 mi)) and with Zahedan, a city in neighboring Iran.
Quetta was considered as an important strategic destination during British Raj. Britain always considered Russia as a threat to its rule in the South Asia that they might advance from Afghanistan into Quetta and thereby threatening its rule in India. It was the year 1857 when the idea was suggested by William Andrew (Chairman of Scinde, Punjab and Delhi Railway) that the railways to the Bolan Pass would have strategic role in responding to any threat by Russia. During the second Afghan War (1878–80) between Britain and Afghanistan, a new urgency was needed to construct a Railway line up to Quetta in order to get easier access to the frontier. On 18 September 1879, under the orders of Viceroy council, work begun on laying the railway tracks and after four months the first 215 kilometres (134 mi) of line from Ruk to Sibi was completed and become operational in January 1880. Beyond Sibi the terrain was very difficult. After immense difficulties and harsh weather conditions, it was March 1887 when the railway line of over 320 kilometres (200 mi) reached Quetta.
The routes are Quetta from linked with Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Multan, Kotri, Sukkur, Sibi, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Jhelum, Khanewal, Dalbadin, Taftan, Bostan, Chaman, and Nowshera.
Train services from Quetta
|Train Name||Train Code||Stations|
|Bolan Mail||3 UP, 4 DN||Quetta, Machh, Sibi, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Dadu, Sehwan Sharif, Kotri, Karachi|
|Jaffar Express||39 UP, 40 DN||Quetta, Sibi, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Multan, Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi|
|Zahedan Mixed Passenger||403 UP, 404 DN||Quetta, Spezand, Nushki, Ahmedwal, Dalbadin, Naukundi, Koh-i-Taftan, Mirjawa, Zahedan|
|Quetta Express||23 UP, 24 DN||Quetta, Kolpur, Mach, Ab-i-Gum, Sibi Jn, Bakhtiarabad Domki, Dera Murad Jamali, Dera Allah Yar, Jacobabad Jn, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Rohri Jn, Pano Aqil, Ghotki, Mirpur Mathelo, Sadikabad, Rahim Yarkhan, Khanpur, Dera Nawab Sahib, Bahawalpur, Khanewal Jn., Shorkot Cantt Jn, Faisalabad, Lahore Jn|
|Chaman Mixed||349UP, 350DN||Quetta, Bostan, Yaru, Gulistan, Qilla Abdullah, Shelabagh, Sanzala, Chaman|
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