South Western Railway zone

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South Western Railway
10-South Western Railway
HeadquartersRail Soudha, Gadag Road Hubballi Karnataka
LocaleKarnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, and Tamil Nadu
Dates of operation2003; 17 years ago (2003)
PredecessorSouthern Railway zone
South Central Railway zone
Central Railway zone
Track gaugeBroad gauge
Previous gaugeMeter gauge
Electrification731 kilometres (454 mi)
Length3,566 kilometres (2,216 mi)
Other SWR Official Website

The South Western Railway (SWR) is one of the 18 railway zones in India, headquartered at Hubballi in Karnataka State. SWR was created from carving out the routes from Southern Railways and South Central Railways in 2003.


It is headquartered at Hubballi and comprises three divisions namely Hubballi, Mysuru, and Bengaluru. The fourth division at Kalaburagi will come up shortly and preparations of work has already begun.[1] The zone came into existence on 1 April 2003.


Map of South Western Railway zone (in Cyan)

South Western Railway covers most of the railway lines in the state of Karnataka (other than the Konkan Railway), many parts of Goa (that are not under Konkan Railway), small parts of Southern Andhra Pradesh, Western parts of Dharmapuri district, hosur taluk and patchur, somanayakanpatti of Tirupattur district of tamilnadu.



Rail Soudha, headquarters of the South Western Railway zone located at Hubbali, Karnataka.

As of 1 April 2020, Out of 3,566 kilometres (2,216 mi) of broad guage route, a total of 731 kilometres (454 mi) is electrified in the zone. This makes South Western Railways having the lowest electrified routes in Indian Railways.[2]

The section between Bangalore-Mysore(136 kilometres (85 mi)) is doubled and electrified. The Bangalore-Hubli line is being doubled in isolated patches. While Bangalore-Tumkur was doubled and opened to traffic in 2007, progress on other sections has been painfully slow. The doubling of the Kadur-Chikjajur section of the same line was completed in 2015 while the doubling of Tumakuru-Kadur and Huballi-Chikjajur sections are in progress. The doubling of Yelahanka-Penukonda section has been completed from Makalidurga to Devarapalli, but the remaining section is still pending due to the onset of Covid-19 and lack of labour thereafter. Bellary-Hospet line is completely doubled and opened for traffic, Hubli-Gadag, Gadag-Hotgi and Londa - Miraj - Pune line doubling is in progress. In the 2016 Railway Budget, the electrification of Bangalore-Omalur (via:Hosur, Dharmapuri) was also announced. In February 2017, the Bangalore - Hassan railway line via Shravanabelagola was completed.[3]


The Mysuru Division of South Western Railways will be designated as "Digital Division" after fully adopting its current technology harnessing programme. The government of India had asked Railways divisions to cut red tape and reduce paperwork in offices. All the officials will adopt technologies like WhatsApp and Google Drive to share reports and other documents. This will save a lot of papers being used for circulating reports as done currently. Two web-based helplines have been launched so that digitised information can be shared among different officials. The inspection reports regarding maintenance, passenger amenities, cleanliness, electronics, and communication, etc. will be managed by a new software which is under construction now. These measures will cut down redundant works, reduce number of registers and reports maintained by officials, reduce paper consumption and improve the efficiency and celerity of operations.[4]

Project Unigauge[edit]

Since 2007, the SWR is entirely Indian gauge. SWR has many WDG4, WAP-7, WAG-9HC and WDP-4 locomotives currently based at diesel loco sheds Hubli and Krishnarajapuram.


Express routes[edit]

Loco sheds[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New railway division in Kalaburagi to be under SWR but they are not setting up as it is formed in Congress time". The Hindu. 6 March 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ Indian Railways. "Trend of RE Commissioning in India (192-2020)" (PDF). Indian Railways. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Bangalore - Hassan Railway line set for commissioning". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "On course to becoming a 'digital division' - Today's Paper". The Hindu. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016.

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