Sealdah railway station
|Express train and passenger train terminal station|
Kolkata Suburban Railway Station
Sealdah Railway Station
|Location||Sealdah, Kolkata, West Bengal|
|Elevation||9 metres (30 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Eastern Railway|
|Connections||Taxi stand, Bus stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Zone(s)||Eastern Railway zone|
|Previous names||Eastern Bengal Railway, Assam Bengal Railway|
|Passengers||over 1.8 million (per day)|
Sealdah railway station is one of the major railway termini serving Kolkata and Howrah, India. The others being Howrah, Shalimar, Kolkata and Santragachi. Sealdah is one of the busiest railway stations in India with a daily passenger footfall of over 1.8 million. It also acts as an important suburban rail terminal. After completion, Kolkata Metro Line 2 will pass through Sealdah.
Sealdah railway station was started in 1869. Before 1978, there was a tram terminus at Sealdah station. Trams departed from here towards Rajabazar, Howrah Station, Calcutta High Court, Dalhousie Square, Park Circus and Dharmatala. The first horse tram service of Kolkata was also started from Sealdah to Armenian Ghat, following the currently route 13, 14 & 16 between Lebutala & Dalhousie Square. The Sealdah–Lebutala & Dalhousie Square–Armenian Ghat (later extended to High Court) stretch is now closed. That terminus was demolished in 1978 also with the Sealdah–Lebutala tram track stretched through Boubazar Street for construction of the Sealdah flyover. Now tram services between Rajabazar–Esplanade, Park Circus–Burrabazar and other services pass through Sealdah. Currently, a car parking exists in place of the old tram terminus.
- There are three station terminals at Sealdah: Sealdah North, Sealdah Main and Sealdah South.
- The North section consists of Sealdah North and Sealdah Main buildings. It has 13 platforms numbering 1 to 4 & 4A (Sealdah North),
- Sealdah main consists of platform 5 to 9A, 9B & 9C (Sealdah Main).
- The South section consists of Sealdah South terminal, with 7 platforms (10A, 10–14,14A).
The north and south sections have separate set of emerging tracks. The north and south section is connected by two links, one is Dumdum–Majherhat link (popularly circular rail), and other is Bidhannagar–Park Circus link (extension of circular rail). These two links were constructed to quickly travel between the two sections avoiding Sealdah.
For the financial department, there are DRM's, Sr.DFM's and ADFM's to look over. Sealdah North acts as the suburban train terminal for 2 divisions: the main division and the Bangaon division. The main division of Sealdah north operates trains plying between Kolkata and Hasnabad, Bandel, Gede, Ranaghat, Shantipur, Krishnanagar, Berhampore, Lalgola, Dankuni, Katwa, Bardhaman, Kanchrapara, Barrackpore, Kalyani, Kalyani Simanta and others. A narrow-gauge line earlier used to connect Shantipur and Krishnanagar but now it has been replaced with broad gauge. This line continues to Nabadwip Ghat. These narrow-gauge lines are served by DMU trains (all other lines run EMU trains). There is a plan to extend the suburban train service from Krishnanagar to Palashi, which is currently served by electric loco-hauled trains. Dankuni line connects Eastern Railway's Howrah line at Bali and Dankuni. Bandel line connects Eastern Railway's Howrah line at Bandel.
Sealdah Main is the mail/express terminal for long distance trains to northern, north-western, north-eastern & eastern India, through Dankuni line and Bandel line. Krishnanagar line is also serving long distance intrastate trains.
There is also an EMU carshed at Sealdah (Narkeldanga). Other EMU carsheds are at Barasat & Sonarpur. A diesel shunter loco shed is also situated at adjacent Beliaghata. A rail coach factory is set to come up at Halishahar-Kanchrapara (Bijpur) region. in northern part of Kolkata Greater.
Before partition in 1947 of India, Gede line and Bangaon line were continued to present day Bangladesh.
12259 Sealdah – New Delhi Duronto Express - Departure from platform 9B
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