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Lahore Junction railway station (Urdu, Punjabi: لاہور جنکشن ریلوے اسٹیشن) is the main railway station in Lahore, Pakistan. Construction commenced shortly after the 1857 War of Independence against British rule, and so was built in the style of a medieval castle with thick walls, turrets, and holes to direct gun and cannon fire for defence of the structure.[2] The station is now owned by Pakistan Railways, and also serves as its headquarters.

Lahore Junction Station
لاہور جنکشن ریلوے اسٹیشن
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Lahore Junction Station Entrance
LocationEmpress Road
Lahore, Punjab 54000
Coordinates31°34′38″N 74°20′11″E / 31.5772°N 74.3363°E / 31.5772; 74.3363Coordinates: 31°34′38″N 74°20′11″E / 31.5772°N 74.3363°E / 31.5772; 74.3363
Owned byMinistry of Railways
Line(s)Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line
Lahore–Wagah Branch Line
Platforms11
Tracks11
ConnectionsLocal Transit LTC (B-5)
Local Transit PMTA (FR-1, FR-3, FR-9)
Subway interchange Lahore Metro (Lahore Station)
Construction
Structure typeStandard
Other information
Station codeLHR[1]
History
Opened1860
Services
Preceding station   Lahore Junction railway station   Following station
Lahore Cantonment   Line
Karachi–Peshawar Railway Line
  Badami Bagh
Terminus   Line
Lahore–Wagah Branch Line
  Moghalpura Junction
Location
Lahore Junction Station is located in Lahore
Lahore Junction Station
Lahore Junction Station
Location within Lahore
Lahore Junction Station is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Lahore Junction Station
Lahore Junction Station
Lahore Junction Station (Punjab, Pakistan)
Lahore Junction Station is located in Pakistan
Lahore Junction Station
Lahore Junction Station
Lahore Junction Station (Pakistan)

HistoryEdit

 
The station's design is highly militarised, having been constructed in the immediate aftermath of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.
 
Inside the Station
 
Lahore Junction Station view from top
 
Lahore Junction Station inner view
 
Lahore Junction Station outer wall

The station was built during the colonial era, and was built just outside the Walled City at the intersection of Empress Road, Allama Iqbal Road and Circular Road. Lahore Junction station was constructed by Mian Mohammad Sultan Chughtai, a former official of the Mughal Empire, between 1859-1860.

The station served as the headquarters for the Punjab Railway and later would serve as the northern terminus of the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railway, which connected the port city of Karachi to Lahore. It was built in the style of a medieval castle to ward off any potential future uprisings, as seen in the 1857 War of Independence, with thick walls, turrets, and holes to direct gun and cannon fire for defense of the structure.[3]

The station is a legacy of the extensive railway network established during the British Raj, and reflects the British contribution to the region's infrastructure. The station was severely affected during the riots which followed the Partition of the British Indian Empire and the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Similar to the contemporaneous situation of Muslims fleeing Delhi and Amritsar, Lahore's Hindus and Sikhs were sometimes attacked at Lahore's train station.

FacilitiesEdit

Lahore Junction Station is equipped with all basic facilities such as ticketing services, restrooms, waiting areas, and international fast food chains. The station has current and advance reservation offices for Pakistan Railways, as well as freight and parcel facilities. Retail shops are found mainly on platforms 1 and 2, including restaurants such as Pizza Hut and McDonald's, in addition to restaurants offering Pakistani cuisine.

ServicesEdit

The following trains originate/stop/terminate at Lahore Junction station:

Sr. Train Code Train Name Origin Destination
01. 1 UP KHYBER MAIL EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT PESHAWAR CANTT
02. 2 DN KHYBER MAIL EXPRESS PESHAWAR CANTT KARACHI CANTT
03. 5 UP GREEN LINE EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT ISLAMABAD
04. 6 DN GREEN LINE EXPRESS ISLAMABAD KARACHI CANTT
05. 7 UP TEZGAM EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT RAWALPINDI
06. 8 DN TEZGAM EXPRESS RAWALPINDI KARACHI CANTT
07. 9 UP ALLAMA IQBAL EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT SIALKOT
08. 10 DN ALLAMA IQBAL EXPRESS SIALKOT KARACHI CANTT
09. 13 UP AWAM EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT PESHAWAR CANTT
10. 14 DN AWAM EXPRESS PESHAWAR CANTT KARACHI CANTT
11. 15 UP KARACHI EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
12. 16 DN KARACHI EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
13. 23 UP AKBAR EXPRESS QUETTA TERMINUS
14. 24 DN AKBAR EXPRESS TERMINUS QUETTA
15. 27 UP SHALIMAR EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
16. 28 DN SHALIMAR EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
17. 31 UP JINNAH EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
18. 32 DN JINNAH EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
19. 33 UP PAK BUSINESS EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
20. 34 DN PAK BUSINESS EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
21. 37 UP FAREED EXPRESS KARACHI CITY TERMINUS
22. 38 DN FAREED EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CITY
23. 39 UP JAFFER EXPRESS QUETTA PESHAWAR CANTT
24. 40 DN JAFFER EXPRESS PESHAWAR CANTT QUETTA
25. 41 UP KARAKORUM EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
26. 42 DN KARAKORUM EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
27. 43 UP SHAH HUSSAIN EXPRESS KARACHI CANTT TERMINUS
28. 44 DN SHAH HUSSAIN EXPRESS TERMINUS KARACHI CANTT
29. 101 UP SUBAK RAFTAR EXPRESS TERMINUS RAWALPINDI
30. 102 DN SUBAK RAFTAR EXPRESS RAWALPINDI TERMINUS
31. 103 UP SUBAK KHARAM EXPRESS TERMINUS RAWALPINDI
32. 104 DN SUBAK KHARAM EXPRESS RAWALPINDI TERMINUS
33. 105 UP RAWAL EXPRESS TERMINUS RAWALPINDI
34. 106 DN RAWAL EXPRESS RAWALPINDI TERMINUS
35. 107 UP ISLAMABAD EXPRESS TERMINUS RAWALPINDI
36. 108 DN ISLAMABAD EXPRESS ISLAMABAD TERMINUS
37. 111 UP BADAR EXPRESS FAISALABAD TERMINUS
38. 112 DN BADAR EXPRESS TERMINUS FAISALABAD
39. 113 UP GHOURI EXPRESS FAISALABAD TERMINUS
40. 114 DN GHOURI EXPRESS TERMINUS FAISALABAD
41. 115 UP MUSA PAK EXPRESS MULTAN TERMINUS
42. 116 DN MUSA PAK EXPRESS TERMINUS MULTAN
43. 117 UP MULTAN EXPRESS MULTAN TERMINUS
44. 118 DN MULTAN EXPRESS TERMINUS MULTAN
45. 119 UP FAISAL EXPRESS FAISALABAD TERMINUS
46. 120 DN FAISAL EXPRESS TERMINUS FAISALABAD
47. 121 UP RAVI EXPRESS SHORKOT CANTT TERMINUS
48. 122 DN RAVI EXPRESS TERMINUS SHORKOT CANTT
49. 123 UP SARGODHA EXPRESS SARGODHA TERMINUS
50. 124 DN SARGODHA EXPRESS TERMINUS SARGODHA
51. 125 UP LASANI EXPRESS TERMINUS SIALKOT
52. 126 DN LASANI EXPRESS SIALKOT TERMINUS
53. 147 UP MIANWALI EXPRESS MARI INDUS TERMINUS
54. 148 DN MIANWALI EXPRESS TERMINUS MARI INDUS
55. 205 UP BABU PASSENGER TERMINUS WAZIRABAD
56. 206 DN BABU PASSENGER WAZIRABAD TERMINUS
57. 207 UP WARIS SHAH PASSENGER SHORKOT CANTT TERMINUS
58. 208 DN WARIS SHAH PASSENGER TERMINUS SHORKOT CANTT
59. 209 UP FAIZ AHMED FAIZ PASSSENGER TERMINUS NAROWAL
60. 210 DN FAIZ AHMED FAIZ PASSSENGER NAROWAL TERMINUS
61. 211 UP NAROWAL PASSENGER TERMINUS NAROWAL
62. 212 DN NAROWAL PASSENGER NAROWAL TERMINUS
63. 401 UP SAMJHOTA EXPRESS ATTARI TERMINUS
64. 402 DN SAMJHOTA EXPRESS TERMINUS ATTARI

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Web Site of Pakistan Railways
  2. ^ Glover, William (January 2007). Making Lahore Modern, Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City. Univ of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0-8166-5022-4. The Lahore station, built during a time when securing British civilians and troops against a future "native" uprising was foremost in the government's mind, fortified medieval castle, complete with turrets and crenellated towers, battered flanking walls, and loopholes for directing rifle and cannon fire along the main avenues of approach from the city
  3. ^ Glover, William (January 2007). Making Lahore Modern, Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City. Univ Of Minnesota Press. ISBN 978-0816650224. The Lahore station, built during a time when securing British civilians and troops against a future “native” uprising was foremost in the government’s mind, fortified medieval castle, complete with turrets and crenellated towers, battered flanking walls, and loopholes for directing rifle and cannon fire along the main avenues of approach from the city
  4. ^ "Lahore", Wikipedia, 27 June 2019, retrieved 1 July 2019

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