Vadodara Junction railway station

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Vadodara Junction

Baroda City Junction
Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Indian Railways junction station
Vadodara Junction railway station building
General information
LocationSayajiganj, Vadodara, Gujarat
Coordinates22°18′39″N 73°10′51″E / 22.3108°N 73.1809°E / 22.3108; 73.1809Coordinates: 22°18′39″N 73°10′51″E / 22.3108°N 73.1809°E / 22.3108; 73.1809
Elevation35.348 metres (115.97 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byWestern Railways
Line(s)Ahmedabad–Mumbai main line,
New Delhi–Mumbai main line,
AhmedabadHowrah main line,
AhmedabadChennai main line,
VadodaraChhota Udaipur line
Tracks9 Broad Gauge
Structure typeStandard (on ground)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessDisabled access Available
Other information
Station codeBRC
Zone(s) Western Railway zone
Division(s) Vadodara
Opened1861; 161 years ago (1861)
Previous namesBaroda[1]
Preceding station Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Indian Railways Following station
towards ?
New Delhi–Mumbai main line Vishvamitri
towards ?
towards ?
Ahmedabad–Mumbai main line
Vadodara Junction is located in Gujarat
Vadodara Junction
Vadodara Junction
Location within Gujarat
Vadodara Junction is located in India
Vadodara Junction
Vadodara Junction
Vadodara Junction (India)
Interactive map

Vadodara Junction railway station (formerly Baroda City Junction, station code: BRC) is the main station in the Indian city of Vadodara, Gujarat. Due to its strategic location, it is the ninth-busiest railway station in India in terms of frequency of trains after Kanpur Central, Vijayawada Junction, Delhi Junction, New Delhi, Ambala Cant, Howrah, Patna Junction and Asansol Junction and busiest in Gujarat state and as well as second important railway station in Gujarat after Ahmedabad Junction. It is also major stop on the Western Railway zone of Indian Railways. Around 170 trains start, end, or pass through the station daily. This railway station is a junction point for rail lines from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhota Udepur.[2][3]


The station was built in 1861 for the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway company by then Gaekwad ruler Maharaja Khanderao. The existing building was newly constructed by Indian Railways in 1954 by demolishing the original smaller station. The station celebrated 150 years of establishment on 9 January 2010.


It is a fairly large station with 7 platforms on the main line with over 250 trains halting. There are 2 foot overbridges (FOB) connecting platform 1 to 6. Platform 2, 3 and 6 has sliding ramps and platform 1 has escalators. There are two exits. One via Platform 1 that opens towards the old city (as well as Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Central Bus Stand) while the other end is towards platform 6 (that open towards the new city- Alkapuri side).[4] Platform 6 is the longest with 704m length. A Pay & Use Toilet facility is available at Platform 6.[5]

Platform 1 has waiting room and retiring rooms[6] as well as a refreshment canteen. Several ATM are located just outside platform 1. Platform 7 is ahead of platform 1 and acts as a terminus for some passenger and MEMU trains and facilitates reversing of some trains including the Shanti Express and the Gujarat Sampark Kranti Express, which use the Vadodara Delhi line as well as the Vadodara Ahmedabad line.

Railway lines and college[edit]

The station serves three lines: the direct line between Ahmedabad and Mumbai; Vadodara and Chhota Udaipur and the Delhi line via Ratlam, Kota and Mathura. Trains going towards the northern region use the Ratlam line while all other trains use the Ahmedabad–Mumbai line, such as the Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, Delhi Sarai Rohilla–Bandra Terminus Garib Rath Express, Gujarat Mail, Karnavati Express, Suryanagri Express and Ranakpur Express. The prestigious Mumbai Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express, Golden Temple Mail and Avantika Express amongst others also halt at this station.

The Railway Staff College is the alma mater for Officers of Indian Railways. It is situated in a sprawling campus of 55 acres (22 ha) of garden and wooded land in the Pratap Vilas Palace (built in 1914) at Lalbaug, Vadodara. It provides training to all levels of Indian railway officers, from probationers to general managers.

The college was founded in 1930 at Dehradun and then shifted to its present sylvan surroundings at Vadodara in 1952. Pratap Vilas Palace is surrounded by lush green lawns and was designed by C. F. Stevens in the Renaissance style. The property was purchased from the Gaekwads, the erstwhile rulers of Vadodara and is home to peacocks and migratory birds.

Electric Loco Shed[edit]

Vadodara Electric Loco Shed has one of the largest electric loco sheds in the Western Railway zone. The shed houses more than 130 locomotives, which include WAP-4, WAP-5, WAP-7, WAM-4 (now condemned or withdrawn) and WAG-5 (now transferred to other sheds) locomotives. Additionally it had an AC electric trip shed to house locos coming from other sheds and an AC/DC dual loco trip shed which houses the WCAM Class locomotives from Valsad shed and which allows locomotive changes at Vadodara because the trains which were coming from New Delhi mainline are AC Locomotives and the trains going to Mumbai need AC/DC Loco. Until 2011, Mumbai was under DC supply from before Borivali when the Western Railway in Mumbai changed over to the AC system in February 2012, the WCAM locos have been transferred to the Kalyan shed.

It is currently holds 10+ WAP-4, 60+ WAP-5 and 130+ WAP-7 locomotive respectively.

It also has a MEMU car shed which houses the Mainline Electric Multiple units which provides feeder services to Ahmedabad, Surat, Dahod and Godhra.


The following major trains start from Vadodara Junction railway station:



  1. ^ "Renaming of Stations". IRFCA.
  2. ^ "वड़ोदरा स्टेशन पर नहीं ठहरेंगी दिल्ली से चलने वाली कई ट्रेनें". Amarujala.
  3. ^ "BRC:Passenger Amenities Details As on : 31/03/2018, Division : Vadodara". Raildrishti.
  4. ^ "1675209-0: You may not need a porter if you have tr BRC/BRC/Vadodara Junction (7 PFs)". India Rail Info. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. ^ "???" (PDF). pp. 19–23. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)". Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-12.