Zones and divisions of Indian Railways

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Indian Railway Zones

Indian Railways divides its operations into zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions, each having a divisional headquarters. There are a total of 18 zones (including Metrol Railway, Kolkata) and 68 Divisions on Indian Railway System.[1] 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 Service of Signal Engineers (IRSSE) , 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 Railways Traffic Service (IRTS) 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. Stores, 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 18 zones and their 70 divisions are listed below.[2][3] South Coast Railway zone is the newest zone in India.[4]

Indian Railways Zones & Divisions
List of IR Zones available
Railway Zone Code Zone Headquarters Operational Statistics[5] (in FY2011-12) Railway Divisions
Route length
(km)
Number of Stations Revenue Passenger Carried
(million)
Central Railway CR Mumbai CSMT 4,101.63 612 75,447 million (US$1.1 billion) 1,675 Mumbai,[6] Bhusawal,[7] Pune,[8] Solapur,[9] Nagpur CR[10]
Konkan Railway KR Navi Mumbai 741 67 28,980 million (US$410 million) Karwar, Ratnagiri
Northern Railway NR Delhi 6,968 1142 89,246 million (US$1.3 billion) 685 Delhi,[11] Ambala,[12] Firozpur,[13] Lucknow NR,[14] Moradabad[15]
North Central Railway NCR Prayagraj 3,151 435 87,796 million (US$1.2 billion) 182 Prayagraj,[16] Agra,[17] Jhansi[18]
North Eastern Railway NER Gorakhpur 3,667 537 17,667 million (US$250 million) 250 Izzatnagar,[19] Lucknow NER,[20] Varanasi[21]
Northeast Frontier Railway NFR Maligaon, Guwahati 3,948 753 21,079 million (US$300 million) 88 Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia[22]
North Western Railway NWR Jaipur 5,459 663 36,240 million (US$510 million) 157 Jaipur,[23] Ajmer,[24] Bikaner,[25] Jodhpur[26]
Eastern Railway ER Fairlie Place, Kolkata 2,414 576 37,254 million (US$520 million) 1,173 Howrah,[27] Sealdah,[28] Asansol,[29] Malda[30]
East Central Railway ECR Hajipur 3,628 800 59,386 million (US$830 million) 222 Danapur,[31] Dhanbad,[32] Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,[33] Samastipur,[34] Sonpur[35]
East Coast Railway ECoR Bhubaneswar 2,204 342 87,884 million (US$1.2 billion) 86 Khurda Road,[36] Sambalpur,[37] Rayagada[38]
Southern Railway SR Chennai Central 5,079 890 81,820 million (US$1.1 billion) 406 Chennai,[39] Tiruchirappalli,[40] Madurai,[41] Palakkad,[42] Salem,[43] Thiruvananthapurum[44]
South Central Railway[45] SCR Secunderabad 3,127 883 89,114 million (US$1.2 billion) 378 Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Nanded
South Coast Railway[45] SCoR Visakhapatnam 3,496 130,000 million (US$1.8 billion)[a] Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal, Waltair
South Eastern Railway SER Garden Reach, Kolkata 2,631 353 73,721 million (US$1.0 billion) 263 Adra,[46] Chakradharpur,[47] Kharagpur,[48] Ranchi[49]
South East Central Railway SECR Bilaspur 2,447 358 63,402 million (US$890 million) 126 Bilaspur,[50] Raipur,[51] Nagpur SEC[52]
South Western Railway SWR Hubballi 3,566 456 26,384 million (US$370 million) 181 Hubballi,[53] Bengaluru,[54] Mysuru[55]
Western Railway WR Mumbai (Churchgate) 6,182 1046 82,167 million (US$1.2 billion) 1,654 Mumbai WR,[56] Ratlam,[57] Ahmedabad, Rajkot,[58] Bhavnagar,[59] Vadodara[60]
West Central Railway WCR Jabalpur 2,965 372 65,135 million (US$910 million) 138 Jabalpur,[61] Bhopal,[62] Kota[63]

Kolkata metro is also a division of Indian Railways headquartered in Park Street, Kolkata making Kolkata the city with most number of Zonal Headquarters of Indian Railways in India

Departments[edit]

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.[64][65][66][67]

Departments & Roles
Name of Department Headed by Abbre. Role and function
Engineering Department Senior Divisional Engineer/Divisional Engineer Sr.DEN/DEN Maintenance of all fixed assets of the Division, i.e. Track, Bridges, Buildings, Roads, Water supply etc.
Mechanical Engineering Department Senior Divisional Mechanical Engineer Sr.DME Maintenance of Carriages and Wagons of the Division.
Electrical Engineering Department (General) Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Sr.DEE (General) Maintenance of lighting and power for railway buildings.
Electrical Engineering Department (Traction Distribution) Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Sr.DEE (TRD) Maintenance of Overhead equipment.
Electrical Engineering Department (Operations) Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Sr.DEE (OP) Maintenance of operations of all locomotives including EMUs/MEMUs and its establishment i.e. Assistant Loco Pilots,Loco Pilots,Loco Inspector and Guards.
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;
Operating and Traffic (Transportation) Department Senior Divisional Operations Manager Sr.DOM Train operations
Commercial Department Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Sr.DCM Passenger ticketing, ticket checking, booking of freight rakes and collecting fares
Medical Department Chief Medical Superintendent CMS Providing medical facilities to railway employees and their families
Safety Department Senior Divisional Safety Officer Sr.DSO Ensuring safety of train operations
Stores Department Senior Divisional Material Manager Sr.DMM Ensuring material for maintenance of trains (material for all departments except the Engineering Department)
Accounts Department Senior Divisional Finance Manager Sr.DFM Financial management of the division
Personnel Department Senior Divisional Personnel Officer Sr.DPO HR functions
Security Department Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Sr.DSC Security of railway material, passenger and passenger belongings
Managing Department Divisional Railway Manager DRM Managing all departments

16. Medical Department Chief medical superintendent all medical related metters

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 Mechanical of Engineering (SrDME) of the Division, who is also the head of Division.

Locomotive Sheds[edit]

The Diesel Locomotive Sheds and Electric Locomotive Sheds in 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.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The route being newly announced it did not show any revenue, the given revenue is projected after its bifurcation

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  60. ^ "Vadodara Railway Division". Railway Board. Western Railway zone. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  61. ^ "Jabalpur Railway Division". Railway Board. North Western Railway zone. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  62. ^ "Bhopal Railway Division". Railway Board. North Western Railway zone. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  63. ^ "Kota Railway Division". Railway Board. North Western Railway zone. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
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