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The South Western Railway (abbreviated SWR) is one of the 18 railway zones in India.

South Western Railway
South Western Railway.jpg
10-South Western Railway
LocaleKarnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, and Tamil Nadu
Dates of operation2003; 16 years ago (2003)
PredecessorSouthern Railway zone
South Central Railway zone
Central Railway zone
Track gaugeBroad gauge
Previous gaugeMeter gauge
Electrification632 kilometres (393 mi)
Length3,177 kilometres (1,974 mi)
HeadquartersRail Soudha, Gadag Road Hubballi Karnataka
Divisions: Hubli, Mysore and Bangalore
WebsiteSWR official website


It is headquartered at Hubballi and comprises three divisions namely Hubballi, Mysuru, and Bengaluru. The fourth division at Kalaburgi will come up shortly and preparations of work has already begun.[1] The zone came into existence on 1 April 2003.


Map of South Western Railway zone (in Cyan)

South Western Railway covers most of the railway lines in the state of Karnataka (other than the Konkan Railway), many parts of Goa(that are not under Konkan Railway), small parts of Southern Andhra Pradesh, Western parts of Dharmapuri district and Hosur taluka of Tamil Nadu.


Rail Soudha, headquarters of the South Western Railway zone located at Hubbali, Karnataka.

Karnataka has the fewest electrified and/or doubled broad gauge lines compared to other states in India (5%).[2]

The section between Bangalore-Mysore(136 kilometres (85 mi)) is doubled and electrified. The Bangalore-Hubli line is being doubled in isolated patches. While Bangalore-Tumkur was doubled and opened to traffic in 2007, progress on other sections has been painfully slow. The doubling of the Arsikere-Chikjajur section of the same line was completed in 2015, while doubling of Tumakuru-Arsikere and Huballi-Chikjajur section are in progress. Bellary-Hospet line is completely doubled and opened for traffic, Hubli-Gadag, Gadag-Hotgi and Londa - Miraj - Pune line doubling is in progress. In the 2016 Railway Budget, electrification of Bangalore-Omalur (via:Hosur, Dharmapuri) was also announced. In February 2017, the Bangalore - Hassan railway line via Shravanabelagola was completed.[3]


The Mysuru Division of South Western Railways will be designated as "Digital Division" after fully adopting its current technology harnessing programme. Government of India had asked Railways divisions to cut red tape and reduce paper work in offices. All the officials will adopt technologies like WhatsApp and Google Drive to share reports and other documents. This will save lot of papers being used for circulating reports as done currently. Two web based helplines have been launched so that digitised information can be shared among different officials. The inspection reports regarding maintenance, passenger amenities, cleanliness, electronics and communication etc. will be managed by a new software which is under construction now. These measures will cut down redundant works, reduce number of registers and reports maintained by officials, reduce paper consumption and improve the efficiency and celerity of operations.[4]

Project UnigaugeEdit

Since 2007, the SWR is entirely Indian gauge. SWR has many WDG4 and WDP4 locomotives currently based at diesel loco sheds Hubli and Krishnarajapuram.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "New railway division in Gulbarga to be under SWR". The Hindu. 6 March 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Bangalore - Hassan Railway line set for commissioning". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "On course to becoming a 'digital division' - Today's Paper". The Hindu. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2016.

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