Quetta railway station

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Quetta Station
کوئٹہ اسٹیشن
Quetta Railway Station - 40311.jpg
Quetta Railway Station - Front view
Location 526 Zarghun Road
Quetta, Balochistan 87300
Owned by Ministry of Railways
Line(s) Rohri-Chaman Railway Line
Quetta-Taftan Railway Line
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Other information
Station code QTA[1]
History
Opened 1887
Services
Preceding station   Quetta railway station   Following station
Sar-I-Ab   Line
Rohri–Chaman Railway Line
  Sheikh Mandah
Terminus   Line
Quetta–Taftan Railway Line
  Sar-I-Ab

Quetta railway station (Urdu: کوئٹہ اسٹیشن‎, Balochi: کوئٹہ اسٹیشن) is the main railway station of Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan and serves as a major station on the Rohri-Chaman Railway Line and the eastern terminus of the Quetta-Taftan Railway Line.

History[edit]

Quetta was always considered a strategic city during the British Raj. The station was built during construction of the strategic line constructed by the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railway. Construction began in 1880 and opened to the public in 1887, which by then was part of the North Western State Railway. Quetta was always considered as an important strategic destination as Britain feared that the Russian Empire might advance from Afghanistan into Quetta, thereby threatening its rule in South Asia.[2] In 1857, when the idea was suggested by William Andrew (Chairman of Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railway) that a railway line be constructed through the Bolan Pass. On 18 September 1879 work begun on laying the railway tracks and after four months, the first 215 kilometers 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, the line reached Quetta in March 1887.

Train routes[edit]

The following trains stop/terminate/originate from Quetta station:

Preceding station   Pakistan Railways   Following station
Terminus Akbar Express
toward Karachi City
Bolan Mail Terminus
Terminus Chaman Mixed
toward Chaman
Terminus Jaffar Express

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Coordinates: 30°11′29″N 67°00′03″E / 30.1915°N 67.0009°E / 30.1915; 67.0009