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Central Railway zone

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Central Railway (abbreviated CR and मध्य) is one of the 16 zones of Indian Railways.[1] Its headquarters is in Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. It has the distinction of operating first passenger railway line in India, which opened from Mumbai to Thane on 16 April 1853.

Central Railway
मध्य रेलवे
Shortened form of Central Railway zone.jpg
8-Central Railway
Mumbai 03-2016 66 Victoria Terminus.jpg
Dates of operation 1951; 67 years ago (1951)–Present
Predecessor Great Indian Peninsula Railway, Scindia State Railway, Dholpur Railway & others
Track gauge Standard Indian Broad Gauge
Electrification Yes
Headquarters Chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj Terminus, Mumbai



The railway zone 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][3]

The Central Railway zone formerly included large parts of Madhya Pradesh and part of southern Uttar Pradesh, which made it the largest railway zone in India in terms of area, track mileage and staff. These areas became the new West Central Railway zone in April 2003.

The Central Railway General Manager's official residence (erstwhile GIPR agent's residence), 'Glenogle'-a Grade II-B heritage bungalow, is located on Bhausaheb Hire Marg (Mount Pleasant Road), adjacent to the Maharashtra Chief minister's official residence 'Varsha' in Malabar Hill, Mumbai.


Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai One of the busiest Railway Stations in India. It is also a World Heritage Site

Main/Long Routes of Central RailwayEdit

    • Mumbai CST-Kalyan-Kasara-Manmad-Jalgaon-Bhusawal-Akola-Wardha-Nagpur
    • Mumbai CST-Kalyan-Ulhasnagar-Neral-Karjat-Lonavala-Pune
    • Manmad-Aurangabad-Nanded (south central railway line)
    • Pune-Daund-Solapur-Wadi-Tandur
    • Pune-Satara-Sangli-Miraj-Kolhapur
    • Miraj-Pandharpur-Kurduvadi-Barshi-Osmanabad-Latur-Latur Road
    • Balharshah-Majri jn-Sevagram(formerly Wardha East Jn.)-Nagpur-Amla-Itarsi

Branch/Short routes of Central RailwayEdit

    • Mumbai CST-Vadala-King Circle
    • Mumbai CST-Vadala-Kurla-Vashi-Panvel
    • Thane-Vashi
    • Daund-Manmad
    • Bhusawal-Khandwa
    • Amaravati-Narkher
    • Diva-Panvel-Roha
    • Panvel-Karjat
    • Khopoli-Karjat
    • Diva-Bhiwandi Road-Vasai Road
    • Badnera-Amravati
    • Daund-Baramati
    • Puntamba-Shirdi
    • Chalisgaon-Dhule
    • Pachora-Jamner (NG)
    • Pulgaon-Arvi (NG)
    • Murtijapur-Yavatml (NG)
    • Murtijapur-Achalapur (NG)
    • Jalamb-Khamgaon
    • Majri jn-Pimpalkutti



  • Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan-Karjat/Kasara sub-urban section
  • Mumbai-Bhusawal-Akola-Nagpur
  • Mumbai-Bhusawal-Khandwa
  • Itarsi-Nagpur-Sevagram-Majri-Balharshah
  • Mumbai-Pune-Daund-Solapur-Wadi
  • Daund-Manmad


  • Puntamba-Sai nagar Shirdi
  • Pune-Miraj
  • Miraj-Latur
  • Majri Jn-Nanded


Central railway zone connects to other Zones of Indian railways as at:

Western Railway zoneEdit

Bandra , Andheri

Mumbai railway divisionEdit

  • Vasai Road Jn, Dadar, Mahim Jn
  • Jalgaon Jn

Konkan RailwayEdit

  • Roha

South Central Railway zoneEdit

Secunderabad railway divisionEdit
  • Balharshah
  • Wadi Jn
Guntakal Railway DivisionEdit
  • Wadi Jn
Nanded railway divisionEdit
  • Pimpalkutti
  • Akola Jn
  • Latur Road jn
  • Khandwa Jn
  • Mamnad Jn
  • Parbhani Jn

South East Central Railway zoneEdit

Nagpur SEC railway divisionEdit
  • Nagpur Jn
  • Chhindwara Jn

South Western Railway zoneEdit

Hubballi railway divisionEdit
  • Hotgi Jn
  • Miraj Jn

Western Central Railway zoneEdit

Bhopal divisionEdit
  • Itarsi Jn
  • Khandwa Jn

Matheran Hill RailwayEdit

Constructed in 1907, the narrow gauge Matheran Hill Railway connects Neral on the Mumbai-Chennai main line with the hill station of Matheran in the Western Ghats, east of Mumbai. Neral is linked to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by frequent suburban trains. Steam engines have now been replaced by diesel locomotives. The route is noted for its sharp curves.


The central railway covers a large part of the state of Maharashtra and small part of Southern Madhya Pradesh and North-Eastern Karnataka. It is organized into five divisions: Mumbai CST, Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur and Pune. The details of the network divisionwise are as follows[4]

Central Railway Headquarters at CST.

Mumbai DivisionEdit

  • Mumbai CST-Dadar-Kurla-Thane
    • Mumbai CST-Wadala Road-Kurla (Harbour Line)
      • Wadala-Kings Circle-Mahim Jn(excl.)
    • Kurla-Trombay(Goods)
    • Kurla-Mankhurd-Vashi-Nerul-Belapur-Panvel
    • Thane-Panvel (Trans Harbour line)
      • Thane-Airoli-Sanpada (Trans Harbour Line)
      • Thane-Airoli-Nerul (Trans Harbour Line)
  • Thane-Diva Jn-Kalyan
    • Diva Jn-Panvel-Roha
      • Panvel-Jasai-Uran
        • Jasai-JNPT
    • Diva Jn-Bhiwandi Road-Vasai Road
  • Kalyan Jn-Kasara-Igatpuri (Inclusive)
  • Kalyan Jn-Ulhasnagar-Neral Jn-Karjat Jn-Lonavala (Inclusive)
    • Neral Jn-Matheran (Narrow Gauge)
    • Karjat Jn-Panvel
    • Karjat Jn-Khopoli

Pune DivisionEdit

Nagpur DivisionEdit

Solapur DivisionEdit

Bhusawal DivisionEdit

  • Manmad-Indore(project scrapped)

The number of stations category-wise under these five railway divisions under the Cental Railway Zones are as follows (as of 2008) : A-1 : 7, A : 20, B : 10, C : 80, D : 45, E : 221, F : 93, Total : 476[8]

Ongoing ProjectsEdit

New linesEdit

  • Narayandoho-Parli Vaijnath line. (Work under progress) Ahmednagar-Narayandoho completed.
  • Kolhapur-Vaibhavwadi line. (Survey under progress)
  • Latur-Latur Road-Ahmedpur-Nanded (Survey completed, but work yet to start)
  • Latur Road-Jalkot-Mukhed-Biloli-Bodhan (Announced but not yet taken up)
  • Latur-Ausa-Nilanga-Omerga-Aland-Gulbarga (Survey under progress)


  • Bhigvan-Vakav (Earth work started)
  • Tilati-Gulbarga (Earth work started)
  • Roha-Panvel
  • Daund-Manmad (Announced but not yet taken up)
  • Pune-Miraj (Survey completed, work started)
  • Kurduwadi-Barshi-Latur-Latur Road (Announced but not yet taken up)
  • Bhigvan-Solapur-Gulbarga



  • Mumbai CST-Kalyan


  • Manmad-Daund (Electrification) (Work completed)
  • bhigvan-solapur-gulbarga (Electrification) (Work is ongoing)
  • Kurduwadi-Barshi-Latur-Latur Road (Electrification) (Announced but not yet taken up)

See alsoEdit


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