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Important List of Railway Zones, Its Headquarters and Divisions in India

In this article, we will see list of railway zones, its headquarters and divisions in India. Indian Railways which works under the Ministry of Railways is one of the largest rail network spread across more than 1,23,236 Kms. Railway has divided its operations into 18 railway zones which further divided into multiple divisions each with its own divisional headquarter. We will look into all 18 railway zones in below section.

List of Railway Zones, Its Headquarters and Divisions in India

List of Railway Zones, Its Headquarters and Divisions in India

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1. Central Railway

Headquarter : Mumbai

Divisions : Mumbai, Nagpur, Bhusawal, Pune and Sholapur

Description : It was formed on 5 November 1951 by grouping several government-owned railways, including the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the Scindia State Railway of the former princely state of Gwalior, Nizam State Railway, Wardha Coal State Railway and the Dholpur Railways.

2. Eastern Railway

Headquarter : Kolkata

Divisions : Howrah-I, Howrah-II, Sealdah, Malda, Asansol, Chitaranjan and Kolkata Metro.

Description : It was formed on14th April, 1952 by integration of the East Indian Railway consisting of Sealdah, Howrah, Asansol and Danapur Divisions and the entire Bengal Nagpur Railway. Later on, the portion of BNR stretching from Howrah to Visakhapatnam in the South.

3. East Central Railway

Headquarter : Hajipur

Divisions : Danapur, Mugalsarai, Dhanbad, Sonpur, Samastipur

Description : It was first setup on 8th September 1996 with headquarters at Hajipur, Bihar, East Central Railway became operational on 1st October 2002 by carving out areas from Eastern and North Eastern Railway zones currently consists of the divisions viz. Dhanbad, Danapur, Mughalsarai of Eastern Railway and Sonpur and Samastipur of North Eastern Railway.

4. East Coast Railway

Headquarter : Bhubaneshwar

Divisions : Khurda Road, Waltair, Sambhalpur

Description : It was first Inaugurated by former Prime Minister of India on 8 August 1996 and came into full operational state on 1st April, 2003.

5. Northern Railway

Headquarter : Baroda House, New Delhi

Divisions : Delhi-I, Delhi-II, Ambala, Moradabad, Lucknow, Ferozpur

Description : It was established in the year 1952 and was created by merging Jodhpur Railway, Bikaner Railway, Eastern Punjab Railway and three divisions of the East Indian Railway north-west of Mughalsarai (Uttar Pradesh).

6. North Central Railway

Headquarter : Allahabad

Divisions : Allahabad, Jhansi, Agra

Description : It came into existence on 1st April 2003 and currently extends over a large area of North Central India, covering the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

7. North Eastern Railway

Headquarter : Gorakhpur

Divisions : Izzatnagar, Lucknow, Varanasi, DLW

Description : It was formed on 14 April 1952 by combining two railway systems the Oudh and Tirhut Railway and Assam Railway and the Cawnpore–Achnera Provincial State Railway of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. More on wikipedia.

8. North Frontier Railway

Headquarter : Malegaon, Guwahati

Divisions : Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukhia

Description : It is headquartered in Maligaon, Guwahati in the state of Assam, and responsible for rail operations in the entire Indian railways.

9. North Western Railway

Headquarter : Jaipur

Divisions : Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer

Description : It is headquartered at Jaipur, with 59,075+ employees, 658+ stations and a route length of more than 5761 km across at least some parts of four states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana.

10. Southern Railway

Headquarter : Chennai

Divisions : Chennai, Madurai, Palghat, Trichy, Trivendrum

Description : It came into existence on 14th April 1951 through the merger of the three state railways namely Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway, the South Indian Railway and the Mysore State Railway.

11. South Central Railway

Headquarter : Secunderabad

Divisions : Secundarabad, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Vijayawada, Nanded

Description : It is spreaded over the states of Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

12. South Eastern Railway

Headquarter : Garden Reach, Kolkata

Divisions : Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur, Ranchi, Shalimar

Description : It is spreaded across the states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha.

13. South East Central Railway

Headquarter : Bilaspur

Divisions : Bilaspur, Nagpur, Raipur

Description : It is situated in the heartland of Central India & serving the states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, with proud privilege.

14. South Western Railway

Headquarter : Hubli

Divisions : Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, RWF/YNK

Description : It was created by amalgamating the reorganized Hubli division from South Central Railway with Bangalore & Mysore divisions of Southern Railway. This Railway has become operational from 1st of April, 2003 with its head quarter at Hubli in the state of Karnataka. More on SWR Official website.

15. Western Railway

Headquarter : Churchgate

Divisions : BCT, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Rajkot, Bhavnagar

Description : It came into existence on 5th November, 1951 by the merger of its forerunner, the erstwhile Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway (BB&CI), with other State Railways viz, Saurashtra, Rajputana and Jaipur.

16. West Central Railway

Headquarter : Jabalpur

Divisions : Jabalpur, Bhopal and Kota

Description : The West Central Railway was formed on 4th July, 2002 by the Ministry of Railway, Govt of India.

17. Kolkata Metro

Headquarter : Kolkata

Description : The Kolkata Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. As of July 2020, it has two operational lines, a 27.22 km (16.91 mi) line from Noapara to Kavi Subhash and a 7.205 km (4.477 mi) line from Salt Lake Sector V to Phoolbagan, for a total of 34.425 km (21.391 mi).

18. South Coast Railway

Headquarter : Visakhapatnam

Divisions : Waltair, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur

Description : The South Coast Railway Zone is a new Indian railway zone, headquartered at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

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