Waltair railway division

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Waltair railway division
Visakhapatnam Railway Station.JPG
View of Visakhapatnam railway station
LocaleAndhra Pradesh, India
Dates of operation1893; 126 years ago (1893)–December 2019 likely.
PredecessorEast Coast Railway
SuccessorSouth Coast Railway
WebsiteEast Coast Railways website

Waltair (or Visakhapatnam) railway division is headquartered at Visakhapatnam and at present is under East Coast Railway. This will be divided into two parts with one forming the new Rayagada division in ECoR and other being merged with Vijayawada division of the proposed South Coast Railway zone(SCoR) to be headquartered at Visakhapatnam.[1] It was the highest revenue generator for the current East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone.[2]

Main lines[edit]

The main lines of the division are as follows:[3]

Visakhapatnam railway station
The main entrance of Vizianagaram Railway station
Srikakulam Road Railway Station
Rayagada Railway Station (Odisha)
Section Line Distance
Duvvada-Visakhapatnam-Palasa (B.G. - Double) Main Line 213 km Route
Vizianagaram-Singapuram road-Therubali (B.G. - Double) R – V Line 137 km Route
Kothavalasa–Kirandul line (B.G. - Single) K – K Line 446 km Route
Koraput-Rayagada (B.G. - Double) K – R Line 164 km Route
Kottavalasa-Simhachalam III Line 22 km Route
Bobbili – Salur Branch Line 18 km Route
Naupada-Gunupur 90 km Route
Total 1,052 km Route

Stations and categories[edit]

The list includes the stations under the Waltair railway division and their station category.[4]

Category of station No. of stations Names of stations
A-1 Category 1 Visakhapatnam
A Category 3 Rayagada, Srikakulam Road , Vizianagaram
B Category - -
C Category
(Suburban station)
- -
D Category - -
E Category - -
F Category
Halt Station
- -
Total - -

Stations closed for Passengers -

Loco sheds[edit]

The Diesel Loco Shed at Visakhapatnam, is the largest diesel shed in Indian Railways, with a capacity to accommodate 300 Diesel Locomotives. While, the Electric Loco Shed is currently holding 231 Electric locomotives.

It holds WDM-2 – 57, WDS-6 – 10, WDG-3A – 96 alongside 3 rail busses.

While, the Electric Loco Shed can accommodate 198 locomotives which includes WAG-5 – 93, WAM-4 – 10, WAG-7 – 28, WAP-4 – 21,WAP-7 – 5,[5] WAG-5P – 4, WAG-6 – 11, WAG-9H – 23, WAG5TAOCHI – 8.

Performance and earnings[edit]

Waltair division was awarded efficiency shields in eight categories. Vizianagaram and Tilaru was awarded best major and minor clean stations. During the 2014–15 financial year, the division has recorded its highest of 6,653.31 crore (US$960 million). It includes the majority share of 6,159.73 crore (US$890 million) from freight transport itself. The division had transported 54.86 million tonnes of load and 33.72 million passengers. The passengers earnings were 433.15 crore (US$63 million)[6]

During 2012–13, freight revenue earnings of Waltair railway division were 5,642 crore (US$820 million). For the same period, the passenger traffic was 32.94 million and passenger earnings were 312.96 crore (US$45 million) respectively.[7][8] Due to industrialization in the modern era, the division equally serves the transportation needs of the port city of Visakhapatnam. The division serves major public sectors such as Visakhapatnam Port Trust, RINL, IOC, BPCL, HPCL etc.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Waltair division". Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  2. ^ B.Madhu Gopal (15 December 2012). "Waltair railway division cries for attention". Visakhapatnam. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "System map of Watair Division" (pdf). Indian Railways. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Statement showing Category-wise No.of stations" (PDF). Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ http://irfca.org/apps/locos/list?association%5Bclass%5D=rlwxxcjzc&page=253
  6. ^ "Waltair Division highest-ever in total earnings". Visakhapatnam: The Hindu. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Record earnings growth for Waltair Division : DRM". The Hindu. Visakhapatnam. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Divisional Revenue". Retrieved 8 May 2014.

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