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Lucknow Charbagh railway station

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Lucknow railway station (official name Lucknow NR, station code LKO) is one of the two main railway stations of Lucknow city for broad gauge trains, other one is "Lucknow Jn" (station code "LJN"). This page contains information about the Lucknow NR Railway Station.

Lucknow Charbagh
लखनऊ चारबाग़ لکھنؤ چار باغ
Charbagh Railway Station, Lucknow.jpg
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
Location Charbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919Coordinates: 26°49′55″N 80°55′08″E / 26.832°N 80.919°E / 26.832; 80.919
Elevation 123.500 metres (405.18 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Varanasi–Lucknow line
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
Varanasi-Sultanpur-Lucknow line
Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway
Barabanki–Lucknow Suburban Railway
Lucknow–Moradabad line
Lucknow-Gorakhpur line
Platforms 15 [9 in Lucknow NR, 6 in Lucknow NER]
Tracks 26+8
Connections Central Bus Station, Taxi Stand, Auto Stand
Construction
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Bicycle facilities Available
Architect J.H. Hornimen
Other information
Station code LKO, LJN
Fare zone Northern Railway zone, Lucknow NR railway division, North Eastern Railway zone, Lucknow NER railway division
History
Opened March 21, 1914; 103 years ago (1914-03-21)
Electrified Yes
Previous names Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway / East Indian Railway Company

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HistoryEdit

On 23 April 1867, the 47 mile Lucknow-Kanpur section was opened for traffic. This became part of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railway. The present Lucknow division, in 1925 was part of East Indian Railway till 1952. It caters to the Rail transport requirement of the most populous state of the country, serving 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh, with a total route of 1,458.94 km (906.54 mi), through 194 stations.

Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station, till 1867, was a large orchard. The present Station building was constructed in 1926 with domes and minars of Mughal architectural design, intended to harmonise with the architecture peculiar to the important historical buildings to the city which date to the days of the Nawabs of Oudh. The building constructed in red brick has a frontage of long verandahs adorned with Mughal arches.[1] It is situated at Charbagh in the south of the city, hence the popular name. The words 'Char Bagh' refer to the four gardens which existed here earlier.[2] Lucknow city is well connected with all metro and other important cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu Tawi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Bhopal either by Lucknow Charbagh (N.R.) or by Lucknow Junction (N.E.R.). The terms "Lucknow Charbagh railway station" and "Lucknow NR station" are used for the same railway station LKO.

AdministrationEdit

Lucknow Charbagh railway station (LKO) is operated by Lucknow Division of Northern Railway.

InfrastructureEdit

 
Lucknow railway station platform

The ostentatious structural design of Charbagh Railway Station enthrals a tourist at the onset. Built at a whooping price of 70 lakhs, it was designed by J.H. Hornimen. The foundation of the Charbagh Railway Station was placed by the Bishop, in March 1914.[3]

The Charbagh railway station building's foundation stone was laid in 1914 and the building was completed in 1923.A major role in its design and planning was carried out by Chaubey Mukta Prasad, a counsulting engineer for Ms Lanebrown and Hulett. It has a large garden in front of the building. It incorporates the mix of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal architecture and has a palatial appearance. A unique feature of the Charbagh railway station is that an aerial view of the station building shows it as a chess board and the domes and pillars of the building appear to be pieces of a chess game.[4] Architecturally, it is considered one of the most beautiful railway stations in India.[5] The Government Railway Police station at Lucknow's Charbagh railway station holds an ISO 9001 certificate.[6]

Built on a raised plinth, it has a rectangular ground plan with projecting porticos. There are several towers and clusters of circular Awadhi domes. The wide, raised platforms have several halls and rooms for official purposes.

It is also the main hub for the Lucknow-Kanpur Suburban Railway system (MEMU).

 
Panoramic view of Lucknow station

MetroEdit

The station is also proposed as an intersection for Lucknow Metro routes i.e. North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor. It will be a terminal station for East-West Corridor.

Line First operational Stations Length
(km)
Terminals
     East-West Corridor Under Construction 12 11.098 Lucknow Charbagh railway station Vasant Kunj

Suburban stationsEdit

See alsoEdit

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