Zones and divisions of Indian Railways

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Indian Railways divides its operations into zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions, each having a divisional headquarters. There are a total of 73 divisions.[1]

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Indian Railway Zones

Each of the divisions is headed by a Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), who reports to the General Manager (GM) of the zone. A DRM can be appointed from any of the eight organized services of Indian Railways, viz. Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS), Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) and Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS) for the tenure of three years, but it can be exceeded on the recommendation of Railway Board. The DRM is assisted by one or two Additional Divisional Railway Managers (ADRM) in the working of the division.

Divisional officers heading all departments viz. engineering, mechanical, electrical, signal and telecommunication, accounts, personnel, operating, commercial, safety, medical, security branches report to the Divisional Railway Manager.

List of zones and its divisions[edit]

The 16 zones and the 68 divisions are listed below:[2][3]

Indian Railways Zones & Divisions
List of IR Zones
Railway Zone Code Zone Headquarters Operational Statistics[4](in FY2011-12) Railway Divisions
Route length
(km)
Number of Stations Revenue Passenger Carried
(million)
01. Northern Railway NR Delhi 6,968 1142 89,246 million (US$1.3 billion) 685 Delhi,[5] Ambala,[6] Firozpur,[7] Lucknow NR,[8] Moradabad[9]
02. North Eastern Railway NER Gorakhpur 3,667 537 17,667 million (US$260 million) 250 Izzatnagar,[10] Lucknow NER,[11] Varanasi[12]
03. Northeast Frontier Railway NFR Guwahati 3,907 690 21,079 million (US$310 million) 88 Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia[13]
04. Eastern Railway ER Kolkata 2,414 576 37,254 million (US$560 million) 1,173 Howrah,[14] Sealdah,[15] Asansol,[16] Malda [17]
05. South Eastern Railway SER Kolkata 2,631 353 73,721 million (US$1.1 billion) 263 Adra,[18] Chakradharpur,[19] Kharagpur,[20] Ranchi[21]
06. South Central Railway SCR Secunderabad 6,137 883 89,114 million (US$1.3 billion) 378 Secunderabad,[22] Hyderabad,[23] Vijayawada,[24]Guntakal,[25] Guntur,[26] Nanded[27]
07. Southern Railway SR Chennai 6,844 890 81,820 million (US$1.2 billion) 406 Chennai,[28] Tiruchirappalli,[29] Madurai,[30] Palakkad,[31] Salem,[32] Thiruvananthapuram[33]
08. Central Railway CR Mumbai 3,905 612 75,447 million (US$1.1 billion) 1,675 Mumbai,[34] Bhusawal,[35] Pune,[36] Solapur,[37] Nagpur[38]
09. Western Railway WR Mumbai 6,182 1046 82,167 million (US$1.2 billion) 1,654 Mumbai WR,[39] Ratlam,[40] Ahmedabad, Rajkot,[41] Bhavnagar,[42] Vadodara[43]
10. South Western Railway SWR Hubballi 3,177 456 26,384 million (US$390 million) 181 Hubballi,[44] Bengaluru,[45] Mysuru,[46]
11. North Western Railway NWR Jaipur 5,459 663 36,240 million (US$540 million) 157 Jaipur,[47] Ajmer,[48] Bikaner,[49] Jodhpur [50]
12. West Central Railway WCR Jabalpur 2,965 372 65,135 million (US$970 million) 138 Jabalpur,[51] Bhopal,[52] Kota[53]
13. North Central Railway NCR Allahabad 3,151 435 87,796 million (US$1.3 billion) 182 Allahabad,[54] Agra,[55] Jhansi [56]
14. South East Central Railway SECR Bilaspur 2,447 358 63,402 million (US$940 million) 126 Bilaspur,[57] Raipur,[58] Nagpur SEC[59]
15. East Coast Railway ECoR Bhubaneswar 2,572 342 87,884 million (US$1.3 billion) 86 Khurda Road,[60] Sambalpur,[61] Waltair[62]
16. East Central Railway ECR Hajipur 3,628 800 59,386 million (US$890 million) 222 Danapur,[63] Dhanbad,[64] Mughalsarai,[65] Samastipur,[66] Sonpur[67]

Departments[edit]

Departments & Roles

A typical division has an average track length of about 1,000 km (620 mi) and staff strength of about 15,000. All the departments and services of the Indian Railways are represented in a Division.[68][69][70][71]

Sl. No Name of Department Headed by Abbre. Role and function
1. Engineering Department Senior Divisional Engineer Sr.DEN Maintenance of all fixed assets of the Division, i.e. Track, Bridges, Buildings, Roads, Water supply etc.
2. Mechanical Engineering & Power (Transportation) Department Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Sr.DME Maintenance of all rolling stock of the Division (except electric locos and EMU/MEMUs), i.e. locomotives, passenger and freight cars; and technical super etc.
3. Electrical Engineering Department Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Sr.DEE Maintenance of all electric locomotives, EMUs/MEMUs and fixed electrical assets of the Division, i.e. Overhead equipment, lighting and power for railway establishments etc.
4. Signal & Telecommunication Engineering Department Senior Divisional Signal & Telecommunication Engineer Sr.DSTE Management of the Signalling and Telecommunication (S&T) infrastructure of the division for Safe Train operations;
5. Operating and Traffic (Transportation) Department Senior Divisional Operations Manager Sr.DOM Train operations
6. Commercial Department Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Sr.DCM Passenger ticketing, ticket checking, booking of freight rakes and collecting fares
7. Medical Department Chief Medical Superintendent CMS Providing medical facilities to railway employees and their families
8. Safety Department Senior Divisional Safety Officer Sr.DSO Ensuring safety of train operations
9. Stores Department Senior Divisional Material Manager Sr.DMM Ensuring material for maintenance of trains (material for all departments except the Engineering Department)
10. Accounts Department Senior Divisional Finance Manager Sr.DFM Financial management of the division
11. Personnel Department Senior Divisional Personnel Officer Sr.DPO HR functions
12. Security Department Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Sr.DSC Security of railway material, passenger and passenger belongings
 13. Managing Department Additional Divisional Railway Manager ADRM

Control Room[edit]

Every division has a Control Room for train operations, where all the trains in the division are controlled and monitored. There are different types of control rooms such as engineering control, mechanical control etc. which coordinate with operating control and employees of the respective department.

Accident Relief Trains[edit]

Every division has Accident Relief Trains (ARTs), Accident Relief Medical Vans (ARMVs) and Breakdown Cranes for assisting in disaster management. These are under the supervision of the Senior Divisional Manager of Engineering (SrDME) of the Division, who is also the head of Division.

Locomotive Sheds[edit]

The Diesel Locomotive Sheds and Electric Locomotive Sheds on the division maintain diesel and electric locomotives respectively. Their administrative control is with the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM).

Coaching Depots and Sick Lines[edit]

Every division has some coaching depots to maintain its passenger cars and sick lines to maintain freight cars which are found unfit at the freight examination points.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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