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North Eastern Railway zone

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The North Eastern Railway (abbreviated NER and उपूरे) is one of the 16 railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Gorakhpur and comprises Lucknow and Varanasi divisions as well as reorganized Izzatnagar division.

North Eastern Railway
पूर्वोत्तर रेलवे
2-North Eastern Railway
Dates of operation 1952; 65 years ago (1952)–Till Date
Predecessor Oudh and Tirhut Railway
Assam Railway
Cawnpore-Barabanki Railway
Cawnpore-Achnera Provincial State Railway
Successor North Eastern Railway zone
Northeast Frontier Railway (1958)
Track gauge Mixed
Headquarters Gorakhpur
Website North Eastern Railway



The North Eastern Railway was formed on 14 April 1952 by combining two Railway systems the Oudh and Tirhut Railway and Assam Railway and the Cawnpore-Achnera Provincial State Railway of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. The Cawnpore-Barabanki Railway was transferred to the North Eastern Railway on 27 February 1953. NER was bifurcated into two Railway Zones on 15 January 1958, the North Eastern Railway and the Northeast Frontier Railway and all lines east of Katihar were transferred to Northeast Frontier Railway.[1]


On 1 October 2002, Samastipur and Sonpur Divisions were transferred to East Central Railway. The present N. E. Railway (NER), after re-organisation of Railway Zones in 2002, comprises three Divisions - Varanasi, Lucknow & Izatnagar. NER has 3,402.46 route km with 486 stations. NER primarily serves the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand & western districts of Bihar.


The administrative head of the zone is called General Manager. The current head of this zone is Mr. Rajiv Misra (IRSME).[2]

Cultural importanceEdit

North Eastern Railway passes through/connects to many important tourist and cultural centres like Varanasi, Sarnath, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kushinagar, Lumbani, Ballia, Jaunpur, Ayodhaya, Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani and Dudhwa.

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  1. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, pp.42-4
  2. ^