Calcutta Chord link line

The Calcutta Chord link line, also known as the C.C. link line, is a 22 km (14 mi) long branch line of the Kolkata Suburban Railway which comes under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway's Sealdah Division & Howrah Division.

Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Calcutta Chord link line
(incl. A.C.C. link branch line)
Dankuni railway station in Howrah 01.jpg
Dankuni railway station, terminal station in Chord Link line
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerIndian Railway
LocaleWest Bengal
TerminiSealdah
Dankuni Junction
Stations
  • Total stations:15
  • Interchange stations: 8
WebsiteEastern Railway
Service
TypeCommuter rail
SystemKolkata Suburban Railway
Operator(s)Eastern Railway
Depot(s)Sealdah
Daily ridership0.291 Million
History
Opened1932; 89 years ago (1932)
Technical
Line length22 km (14 mi)
Number of tracks2
CharacterAt grade, elevated
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge
Electrification25 kV overhead line
Operating speedup to 100 km per hour
Route map

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Andul
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Maurigram
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Bankranayabaz
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Baltikuri
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A.C.C. Link
branch line
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Dankuni
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Bhattanagar
6
Rajchandrapur
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Belanagar
Bally Halt
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Bally
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PWD Road
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Bally Ghat
PWD Road
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Dakshineswar Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Kolkata Metro Logo.svg
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Baranagar Road Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Kolkata Metro Logo.svg
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Noapara Kolkata Metro Logo.svg
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Noapara Metro Depot Kolkata Metro Logo.svg
Kestopur Canal
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Dum Dum Junction Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Kolkata Metro Logo.svg
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Patipukur
Ultadanga Road
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Kolkata
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Kestopur Canal
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Bidhan Nagar Road
18
Bidhannagar Road
Kankurgachi Road
20
Kankurgachi Road Junction
Narkeldanga
Loco Shed
21
Sir Gurudas Banerjee Halt
Circular Canal
Kankurgachi
Chord line
Sealdah North
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Sealdah Main
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Sealdah South
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Beliaghata Diesel Loco Shed
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Kamardanga Halt
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Park Circus
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Source: Indian Railway Time Table

The line directly connects the Sealdah railway station (erstwhile Calcutta railway station) on the east bank of the Hooghly River with the Howrah–Bardhaman chord line at the Dankuni Junction on the west bank of the Hooghly River via the Vivekananda Setu. There is also a 9 km (5.6 mi) long branch line (known as the A.C.C. link line) from Dankuni Junction which connects this line with the Santragachi–Amta branch line and Andul on the Howrah–Kharagpur line.

HistoryEdit

The Howrah-Bardhaman Chord, a shorter link to Bardhaman from Howrah than the Howrah-Bardhaman Main Line, was constructed in 1917. In 1932, the Calcutta Chord Line was built over the Willingdon Bridge (Vivekananda Setu) joining Dum Dum with Dankuni.[1]

The ACCL line was primarily used by freight trains to bypass the congested sections near Howrah and directly connected the Eastern railway and South Eastern railway zones. However with increasing public demand, some long distance passenger trains were started in this section directly via Sealdah like the Sealdah–Puri Duronto Express in 2012.[2]

ElectrificationEdit

The Dum Dum-Dankuni section was electrified in 1964-65. The Andul-Dankuni section was electrified in 1971-72.[3]

Routes and stationsEdit

Main lineEdit

Chord link line
# Distance from Sealdah (km) Station name Station code Connections
1 0 Sealdah SDAH Eastern line / South lines
2 4 Bidhannagar Road BNXR Eastern line / Circular line
3 7 Dum Dum Junction DDJ Eastern line / Circular line
4 12 Baranagar Road BARN None
5 13 Dakshineswar DAKE None
6 15 Bally Ghat BLYG None
7 16 Bally Halt BLYH None
8 17 Rajchandrapur RCD None
9 22 Dankuni Junction DKAE Eastern line

Branch lineEdit

Chord link line Branch
# Station name Station code Connections
1 Dankuni Junction DKAE Eastern line
2 Rajchandrapur RCD Eastern line
3 Bhattanagar BTNG None
4 Baltikuri BALT South Eastern line
5 Bankranayabaz BKNM South Eastern line
6 Andul ADL South Eastern line

Future developmentEdit

Currently line doubling is underway for the Andul-Dankuni ACC link line. This is being carried out to ease the pressure at Howrah station and to move more South bound trains to Sealdah railway station.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HOWRAH DIVISION : HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - THE FIRST JOURNEY". Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  2. ^ "SEALDAH-PURI DURONTO TO BE INTRDUCED". Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  3. ^ "History of Electrification". Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  4. ^ New Projects of Eastern Railway, Eastern Railway, 10 December 2018