Biggest Railway Station of India Biggest Railway Station of India General There are different factors associated with which the railway stations in India are considered the biggest. Some of them are in various terms. Ankit Barnawal <html> <h1><strong>Overview</strong></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As we all know, the Indian Railways is the fourth largest national railway system in the world by size, with a total route length of </span><strong>67,956 km</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2022. Indian Railways carried </span><strong>808.6 billion passengers</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> alone in FY 2021.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indian Railways is further planning to increase track length in order to make passenger travel comfortable. In order to make rail travel comfortable, </span><strong>7,083 railway stations</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are built in different parts of the country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are different factors associated with which the railway stations in India are considered the biggest. Some of them are in terms:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Size and height of architectural structure and design</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Total number of platforms</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Length of platform</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;" aria-level="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Junction or number of emerging railway routes</span></li> </ul> <div class="admob-ads"> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Responsive Blog --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-7159304429864193" data-ad-slot="5773289261" data-ad-format="auto"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> </div> <h1><strong>Size and Height of Architectural Structure and Design: </strong><em><strong>Chhatrapati</strong> <strong>Shivaji</strong> <strong>Maharaj</strong> <strong>Terminus</strong></em></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><strong>Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the biggest railway station in terms of size and height of architectural structure and design.</span></p> <img class="replace-for-mobile"style="text-align:center;"src="/static/blog/images/biggest-railway-stations-of-india-blog1.jpg" alt="Biggest Railway Stations Of India Blog1" width="100%"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The station was designed by </span><strong>Frederick William Stevens</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> according to the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and was meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The construction of the station began in </span><strong>1878</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in a location south of the old Bori Bunder railway station and was completed in </span><strong>1887,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the year making 50 years of Queen Victoria's rule. In </span><strong>March 1996, </strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">the station name was changed from Victoria Terminus to "Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus" (with station code CST), in honour of Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji founder of the Maratha Empire.</span></p> <div class="admob-ads"> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Responsive Blog --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-7159304429864193" data-ad-slot="5773289261" data-ad-format="auto"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In </span><strong>2017,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the station was again renamed "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus" (with code CSMT), where the title Maharaj has a literal meaning, "Great king; emperor." At present, both former initials "VT" and the current "CST" are also commonly used.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a historic railway station listed as </span><strong>UNESCO World Heritage Site.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The station has been the location of filming the "Jai Ho" song in 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Ra.One&rsquo; (2011 film).</span></p> <h1><strong>Total Number of Platforms: </strong><em><strong>Howrah</strong> <strong>Junction</strong></em></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><strong>Howrah Junction railway station</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the biggest railway station in terms of the total number of platforms. The total number of platforms at this station is </span><strong>23.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Howrah Junction railway station is one of the biggest existing railway complexes in India. The station is one of the five intercity railway stations serving the Kolkata Metropolitan city (including Howrah and its twin city of Kolkata). The other stations in Kolkata are </span><strong><em>Sealdah, Santragachi, Shalimar</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><strong><em>Kolkata Chitpur.</em></strong></p> <img class="replace-for-mobile"style="text-align:center;"src="/static/blog/images/biggest-railway-stations-of-india-blog2.jpg" alt="Biggest Railway Stations Of India Blog2" width="100%"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About </span><strong>600 passenger trains</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> pass through the station each day, utilising its 23 platforms, and serving more than one million passengers per day.&nbsp; </span><strong>1373 stations</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> across India are directly connected to Howrah Railway Station. Hence, Howrah Junction is one of the busiest railway stations in total </span><strong>passenger footfalls.</strong></p> <div class="admob-ads"> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Responsive Blog --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-7159304429864193" data-ad-slot="5773289261" data-ad-format="auto"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tracing its history, the </span><strong>first Rajdhani Express</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> left Howrah for New Delhi on 3 October 1969. In October 2011, the </span><strong>first Double Decker train</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> left Howrah for Dhanbad. Similarly, in February 2017, the </span><strong>first Antyodaya Express</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> left Howrah for Ernakulam.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The book </span><strong>Vibrant Edifice:</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Saga of Howrah Station by Eastern Railways was released in 2005.</span></p> <h1><strong>Length of Platform:</strong> <em><strong>SSS</strong> <strong>Hubballi</strong> <strong>Junction</strong></em></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><strong>SSS Hubballi Junction railway station</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the biggest railway station in terms of the length of the Platform. The total length of Platform No 1 of this station is </span><strong>1,505 metres,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> making it the longest railway platform in the world as of </span><strong>March&nbsp; 2021.</strong></p> <img class="replace-for-mobile"style="text-align:center;"src="/static/blog/images/biggest-railway-stations-of-india-blog3.jpg" alt="Biggest Railway Stations Of India Blog3" width="100%"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hubballi Junction railway station is Karnataka's second busiest railway station after Bengaluru City. The station has its own railway division and a diesel locomotive shed which holds WDP-4, WDP-4B, WDP-4D passenger locomotives and WAG-9HC goods locomotives.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hubballi Junction is the centre place for transportation of public and commercials in Karnataka by connecting northwest to Mumbai, west to Goa, South to Bengaluru and east to&nbsp; Hyderabad.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2015, the name of Hubballi Junction railway station was changed from </span><strong>&lsquo;Hubli&rsquo;</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to </span><strong>&lsquo;Hubballi&rsquo;.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Later on, the name was changed to </span><strong>Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji.</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji was an Indian Hindu Guru and Philosopher.</span></p> <div class="admob-ads"> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Responsive Blog --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-7159304429864193" data-ad-slot="5773289261" data-ad-format="auto"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> </div> <p><strong>Before March 2021,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the station with the longest platform was </span><strong><em>Gorakhpur Junction.</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The total length of Platform No. 1 is </span><strong>1,366.33 metres</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with a ramp and </span><strong>1,355.40 metres</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> without a ramp.</span></p> <h1><strong>Junction or Number of Emerging Railway Routes: </strong><em><strong>Mathura</strong> <strong>Junction</strong></em></h1> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><strong>Mathura Junction railway station</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the biggest railway station in terms of the total number of emerging railway routes. There are </span><strong>7 emerging railway routes</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from Mathura Junction.</span></p> <img class="replace-for-mobile"style="text-align:center;"src="/static/blog/images/biggest-railway-stations-of-india-blog4.jpg" alt="Biggest Railway Stations Of India Blog4" width="100%"> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mathura Junction railway station is one of the important railway stations on the Delhi - Mumbai main line and Delhi - Chennai main line. The junction is important as the routes of trains coming from Delhi are bifurcated towards </span><strong><em>Mumbai</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and south Indian cities towards </span><strong><em>Hyderabad, Bangalore</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><strong><em>Chennai.</em></strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The station lies on the Delhi - Chennai main line, Delhi - Mumbai main line, Mathura - Kasganj line, Mathura - Alwar line, Mathura - Achhnera line and Mathura - Vrindavan link MG line. The total number of platforms at this station is 10 Platform 10 is dedicated to the Vrindavan Meter Gauge line.</span></p> <div class="admob-ads"> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- Responsive Blog --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-7159304429864193" data-ad-slot="5773289261" data-ad-format="auto"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As per the 2018 report released by the </span><strong>Quality Council of India (QCI),</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the station was declared the least clean station among the 75 major stations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In March 2019, Mathura Junction was completely transformed by </span><strong>Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC),</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which has given the station a new look. This has amazed different pilgrimages and tourists visiting Mathura with new entry and exit gates, amenities for railway passengers, providing new benches on the platforms.</span></p> <html>

Biggest Railway Station of India

Overview

As we all know, the Indian Railways is the fourth largest national railway system in the world by size, with a total route length of 67,956 km (42,226 mi) as of 31 March 2022. Indian Railways carried 808.6 billion passengers alone in FY 2021.

Indian Railways is further planning to increase track length in order to make passenger travel comfortable. In order to make rail travel comfortable, 7,083 railway stations are built in different parts of the country.

There are different factors associated with which the railway stations in India are considered the biggest. Some of them are in terms:

  • Size and height of architectural structure and design
  • Total number of platforms
  • Length of platform
  • Junction or number of emerging railway routes

Size and Height of Architectural Structure and Design: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is the biggest railway station in terms of size and height of architectural structure and design.

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The station was designed by Frederick William Stevens according to the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and was meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture.

The construction of the station began in 1878 in a location south of the old Bori Bunder railway station and was completed in 1887, the year making 50 years of Queen Victoria's rule. In March 1996, the station name was changed from Victoria Terminus to "Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus" (with station code CST), in honour of Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji founder of the Maratha Empire.

In 2017, the station was again renamed "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus" (with code CSMT), where the title Maharaj has a literal meaning, "Great king; emperor." At present, both former initials "VT" and the current "CST" are also commonly used.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus is a historic railway station listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The station has been the location of filming the "Jai Ho" song in 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Ra.One’ (2011 film).

Total Number of Platforms: Howrah Junction

The Howrah Junction railway station is the biggest railway station in terms of the total number of platforms. The total number of platforms at this station is 23.

Howrah Junction railway station is one of the biggest existing railway complexes in India. The station is one of the five intercity railway stations serving the Kolkata Metropolitan city (including Howrah and its twin city of Kolkata). The other stations in Kolkata are Sealdah, Santragachi, Shalimar and Kolkata Chitpur.

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About 600 passenger trains pass through the station each day, utilising its 23 platforms, and serving more than one million passengers per day.  1373 stations across India are directly connected to Howrah Railway Station. Hence, Howrah Junction is one of the busiest railway stations in total passenger footfalls.

Tracing its history, the first Rajdhani Express left Howrah for New Delhi on 3 October 1969. In October 2011, the first Double Decker train left Howrah for Dhanbad. Similarly, in February 2017, the first Antyodaya Express left Howrah for Ernakulam.

The book Vibrant Edifice: The Saga of Howrah Station by Eastern Railways was released in 2005.

Length of Platform: SSS Hubballi Junction

The SSS Hubballi Junction railway station is the biggest railway station in terms of the length of the Platform. The total length of Platform No 1 of this station is 1,505 metres, making it the longest railway platform in the world as of March  2021.

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Hubballi Junction railway station is Karnataka's second busiest railway station after Bengaluru City. The station has its own railway division and a diesel locomotive shed which holds WDP-4, WDP-4B, WDP-4D passenger locomotives and WAG-9HC goods locomotives.

Hubballi Junction is the centre place for transportation of public and commercials in Karnataka by connecting northwest to Mumbai, west to Goa, South to Bengaluru and east to  Hyderabad.

In 2015, the name of Hubballi Junction railway station was changed from ‘Hubli’ to ‘Hubballi’. Later on, the name was changed to Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji. Shri Siddharoodha Swamiji was an Indian Hindu Guru and Philosopher.

Before March 2021, the station with the longest platform was Gorakhpur Junction. The total length of Platform No. 1 is 1,366.33 metres with a ramp and 1,355.40 metres without a ramp.

Junction or Number of Emerging Railway Routes: Mathura Junction

The Mathura Junction railway station is the biggest railway station in terms of the total number of emerging railway routes. There are 7 emerging railway routes from Mathura Junction.

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Mathura Junction railway station is one of the important railway stations on the Delhi - Mumbai main line and Delhi - Chennai main line. The junction is important as the routes of trains coming from Delhi are bifurcated towards Mumbai and south Indian cities towards Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

The station lies on the Delhi - Chennai main line, Delhi - Mumbai main line, Mathura - Kasganj line, Mathura - Alwar line, Mathura - Achhnera line and Mathura - Vrindavan link MG line. The total number of platforms at this station is 10 Platform 10 is dedicated to the Vrindavan Meter Gauge line.

As per the 2018 report released by the Quality Council of India (QCI), the station was declared the least clean station among the 75 major stations.

In March 2019, Mathura Junction was completely transformed by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), which has given the station a new look. This has amazed different pilgrimages and tourists visiting Mathura with new entry and exit gates, amenities for railway passengers, providing new benches on the platforms.






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