West Central Railway zone
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|Dates of operation||2003–present|
|Predecessor||Central Railway zone|
Western Railway zone
|Length||2,911 km (1,809 mi)|
The West Central Railway (abbreviated WCR), one of the 18 zones of the Indian Railways, came into existence on 1 April 2003. It is headquartered at Jabalpur. It was created by taking away two divisions namely Bhopal division and Jabalpur division from central railways and one division namely Kota division from western railway. The WCR zone provides rail route coverage to the west central region of India. Most of its route is in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with a very little porion in the state of Utter Pradesh.
On 1 April 2003, the West Central Railway was reconstituted from parts of Central Railway and Western Railway by allocating Jabalpur and Bhopal divisions of the Central Railway zone (CR) and the reorganized Kota of the Western Railway zone (WR) to WCR.
The zone serves eastern & central Madhya Pradesh, southern Uttar Pradesh, and northeastern Rajasthan state. It contains the Tuglakabad (TKD) locomotive shed, which belongs to Kota Division of WCR but is situated in the Northern Railways territory. WCR meets Northern Railway at Mathura, Western Railway at Nagda, North Western Railway at Chittorgarh, Central Railway at Khandwa and Itarsi, North Central Railway at Bina and Manikpur, South East Central Railway at Katni and East Central Railway at Singaroli stations.
There are 3 divisions in West Central Railway zone;
There are five loco sheds in WCR.
- Electric Loco Shed, Tughlakabad
- Electric Loco Shed, Itarsi
- Electric Loco Shed, New Katni
- Diesel Loco Shed, New Katni
- Diesel Loco Shed, Itarsi
The following places of tourist interest are located on the rail route of WCR:
Bandhavgarh National Park, Bhojpur, Ranthambore National Park, Bharatpur, Jabalpur, Sanchi, Bhimbaithka, Kanha National Park, Shivpuri National Park, Bhopal, Kota, Vidisha, Bundi, Pachmarhi, Pench Tiger Reserve, Panna National Park, and Maihar