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Lucknow–Moradabad line

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The Lucknow–Moradabad line (also known as Lucknow-Moradabad main line) is a railway line connecting Lucknow and Moradabad railway stations, both in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The line is under the administrative jurisdiction of Northern Railway.

Lucknow–Moradabad main line
including Chandausi loop
Status Operational
Locale Gangetic Plain in Uttar Pradesh
Termini Lucknow
Opened 1873
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Northern Railway for main line
Depot(s) Lucknow Alambagh
Track length Mainline: 326 km (203 mi)
Chandausi Loop: 113 km (70 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Highest elevation Lucknow 123 m (404 ft)
Moradabad201 m (659 ft)



After connecting Varanasi with Lucknow, the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway started working west of Lucknow. Construction of railway line from Lucknow to Sandila and then on to Hardoi was completed in 1872. The line up to Bareilly was completed in 1873. A line connecting Moradabad to Chandausi was also built in 1872 and it was continued up to Bareilly in 1873. The Bareilly-Moradabad chord was completed in 1894. The former main line became Chandausi loop and the one via Rampur became main line. A branch line linked Chandausi to Aligarh in 1894.[1][2]

A short 24 km (15 mi) long line linked Raja ka Sahaspur to Sambhal Hatim Sarai.[1]


The 326 km (203 mi) long Moradabad-Shahjahanpur-Lucknow line is an electrified double line.[3]

Electrification of the 636 km (395 mi) long Mughalsarai-Moradabad line was completed in 2013.[4][5]

The survey for railway electrification of the Moradabad-Aligarh line, including the Chandausi-Bareilly sector, was sanctioned in the budget for 2012-13.[6]


Lucknow diesel loco shed or Alambagh diesel shed is home to 160+ locomotives, including WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A and WDG-4 varieties. Charbagh locomotive workshops handle periodical overhaul jobs.[7]

Speed limitEdit

The Ambala Cantt-Moradabad-Lucknow-Sultanpur-Mughal Sarai line is classified as a "Group B" line and can take speeds up to 130 km/ h.[8]

Passenger movementEdit

Lucknow Charbagh, Bareilly and Moradabad on this line, are amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[9]

Railway reorganisationEdit

Around 1872, the Indian Branch Railway Company was transformed into Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway.[10][11][12] Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway was merged with East Indian Railway Company in 1925.[13]

The Government of India took over the Bengal and North-Western Railway and merged it with the Rohilkhand and Kumaon Railway to form the Oudh and Tirhut Railway in 1943.[14]

In 1952, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway were formed. Eastern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company, east of Mughalsarai and Bengal Nagpur Railway. Northern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company west of Mughal Sarai, Jodhpur Railway, Bikaner Railway and Eastern Punjab Railway. North Eastern Railway was formed with Oudh and Tirhut Railway, Assam Railway and a portion of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway.[15] East Central Railway was created in 1996-97.[16] North Central Railway was formed in 2003.[17]


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  2. ^ "IR History – Early Days II (1870-1899)". IRFCA. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Indian Rail Day to Day". Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Railway projects an amenities to transform Rae Bareli and surrounding areas". Northern Railway, 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Railways roll out schemes in Rae Bareli, Amethi". Taaza Khabar, 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Extract of Rail Minister's Rail Budget 2012-13 Speech - (Announcements Pertaining to Northern Railway)". New Railway Electrification Surveys sanctioned in 2012-13. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Chapter II – The Maintenance of Permanent Way". IRFCA. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  10. ^ "IR History: Early History (1832-1869)". IRFCA. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
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  12. ^ "Indian Branch Railway". fibis. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  13. ^ "IR History III : (1900-1947)". IRFCA. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Bengal and North-Western Railway". fibis. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  16. ^ "East Central Railway". ECR. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  17. ^ "North Central Railway". NCR. Retrieved 30 May 2013.

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