North Eastern Railway zone

The North Eastern Railway (abbreviated NER) is one of the 19 railway zones of Indian Railways in India. It is headquartered at Gorakhpur.[citation needed]

North Eastern Railway
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2-North Eastern Railway
Dates of operation1952; 70 years ago (1952)–present
PredecessorOudh and Tirhut Railway
Assam Railway
Cawnpore–Barabanki Railway
Cawnpore–Achnera Provincial State Railway
SuccessorNorth Eastern Railway zone
Northeast Frontier Railway (1958)
Track gaugeMixed
WebsiteNorth Eastern Railway

Zonal Rail Training Institute (ZRTI) is established in district Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed]

North Eastern Railway is one of the most important transit zones, that is, it is used to take in loaded wagons, especially food grains, from Northern Railway divisions like Firozpur, and move it towards Eastern belt and the Northern Frontier region (Seven Sister States). Thus, it acts as an essential cog in the food security of the country. Apart from being an important transit zone, it is also at the center-stage for much inward traffic from the neighboring zones. The inward traffic comprises food grains, fertiliser, stone chips, cement, petroleum, coal, etc.

As North Eastern Railway caters to a large area spread from the western part of Uttar Pradesh towards eastern Uttar Pradesh and area comprising western Bihar, it runs many passenger trains for the economically weaker sections. Thus, in its true sense, North Eastern Railway is delivering on the balance between social as well commercial objective of the Indian Railways.


Extent of the Indian railway network in 1909

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]

By December 2017, railways for the first time installed 6,095 GPS-enabled "Fog Pilot Assistance System" railway signalling devices in four most affected zones, Northern Railway zone, North Central Railway zone, North Eastern Railway zone and North Western Railway zone, by doing away with the old practice of putting firecrackers on train tracks to alert train divers running trains on snail's pace. With these devices, train pilots precisely know in advance, about the location of signals, level-crossing gates and other such approaching markers.[2]


Major stations in North Eastern Railway zoneEdit

Category of station No. of stations Names of stations
A-1 category 5 Gorakhpur Junction, Basti, Lucknow Junction, Chhapra Junction, Pilibhit Junction
A category 12 Azamgarh, Ballia, Padrauna, Belthara Road, Deoria Sadar, Mau Junction, Siwan Junction, Gonda Junction, Khalilabad, Kathgodam, Rudrapur City
B category 6 Ghazipur City (GCT),Banaras (BSBS), Varanasi city (BCY), Bhatni (BTT), Babhnan (BV), Suraimanpur
C category

(suburban station)

- -
D category[3] - -
E category[4] - -
F category

(halt station)

- Kerakat, Ghazipur Ghat, Paniara, Naik Dih, Hurmujpur, Fatehpur Atwa, Paligarh
Total - -

Area coveredEdit

NER Coverd UP & Bihar also Nepal border in three part with three division work (Varanasi, Lucknow & Izzatnagar).

  • 1 Western Uttar Pradesh as (Mathura, Kasganj, Farrukhabad, Kanpur etc.).
  • 2 Northern Uttar Pradesh & Awadh as (Kathgodam, Bareilly, Pilibhit, Lakhimpur Kheri Lucknow, Gonda, Ayodhya etc.).
  • 3 All purvanchal region & North western Bihar as (Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Varanasi, Allahabad, Mau, Chapra etc.)


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 and Izzatnagar. NER has 3,402.46 route km with 486 stations. NER primarily serves the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Western districts of Bihar.


The administrative head of the zone is called General Manager, currently Shri Ashok Kumar Mishra (01/07/2022).[5]


Express routesEdit

Loco shedsEdit

  • Diesel & Electric Loco Shed, Gonda
  • Diesel Loco Shed, Izzatnagar
  • Electric Loco Shed, Gorakhpur [6]

Cultural importanceEdit

North Eastern Railway passes through/connects to many important tourist and cultural centres like Varanasi, Sarnath, Lucknow, Allahabad, Kushinagar, Lumbani, Ghazipur City, Mau, Ballia, Suraimanpur Deoria, Siddhart Nagar, Basti, Mathura, Vrindavan, Maunath Bhanjan, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Faizabad, Nainital, Ranikhet, Pilibhit tiger reserve, Kausani and Dudhwa and Maharajganj, Nautanwa and Sonauli.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rao, M.A. (1988). Indian Railways, New Delhi: National Book Trust, pp.42-4
  2. ^ Indian Railways to use GPS-enabled devices to fight fog this season, The Economic Times, 12 Dec 2017.
  3. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "North Eastern Railway". Archived from the original on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. ^ "इलेक्ट्रिक लोको शेड गोरखपुर में इलेक्ट्रिक इंजन के अनुरक्षण का कार्य प्रारम्भ". Retrieved 28 August 2020.

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