Similar to how the country is divided into many states, each with its own capital, the Indian Railway system is also divided into different divisions, each with its own capital for management and operation.
If you want to discover more about the various divisions of Indian railways and its operational management, then this blog would be of great use to you.
You almost certainly wondered, “How many divisions are there in Indian railways?” What are the division’s functions and responsibilities, who will be in charge of it, and what is his or her profession? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions in your mind, or if you’re curious about the numerous divisions of the Indian Railway, this article is for you.
Before gaining knowledge about the various divisions of Indian Railway, you must first understand the fact or truth that the Indian Railway network is divided into various zones based on their regions, and each of these zones is subdivided into many divisions based on their regions, with each division having its own headquarters.
So let’s have an insight or we can find the answer for this root query that “How many zones are there in Indian Railway.
How many Zones are there in Indian Railways?
The great Indian Railway network is divided into different zones based on the regions and its listed in detail here
- Central Railway
- Northern Railway
- North Central Railway
- North Eastern Railway
- North East Frontier Railway
- North Western Railway
- Southern Railway
- South Western Railway
- South Eastern Railway
- South East Central Railway
- Eastern Railway
- East Central Railway
- East Coast Railway
- Western Railway
- West Central Railway
Various Zones and its Divisions of Indian Railways
Central Railway Zone (CR)
The Central Railway zone used to cover a considerable portion of Madhya Pradesh and a small portion of southern Uttar Pradesh, making it India’s largest railway zone in terms of territory, track mileage, and manpower.
The Central Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) and it majorly comprises five divisions such as Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhusawal, Sholapur.
Northern Railway Zone (NR)
The Northern Railway Zone was established in the year 1952, it remains the largest zone in terms of route Kilometers, even after the re-organization of the Indian Railways into different zones.
The Northern Railway zone has its headquarters situated in NewDelhi at Baroda House. It majorly comprises various subdivisions such as Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow, Moradaba
North Central Railway Zone (NCR)
The North Central Railway Zone was established in the year 2003, The existing North Central Railway network covers a huge area of North Central India, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
The North Central Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Prayagraj. It comprises three subdivisions such as Allahadbad, Jhansi, Agra.
North Eastern Railway Zone (NER)
The North Eastern Railway serves a large area stretching from western Uttar Pradesh to eastern Uttar Pradesh, as well as western Bihar, and runs many passenger trains for the poor and disadvantaged. Thus, in its true sense, the North Eastern Railway is achieving the Indian Railways’ goal of striking a balance between social and commercial objectives.
The North Eastern Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Gorakhpur and its divisional headquarters have been set up at Izzatnagar, Lucknow NER, Varanasi.
North East Frontier Railway Zone (NFR)
The North East Frontier Railway Zone is responsible for operation and expansion of rail network all across Northeastern states and some districts of eastern Bihar and northern West Bengal.
The North East Frontier Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Guwahati and its divisional headquarters have been set up at Katihar, Alipurduar, Lumding, Rangiya, Tinsukia.
North Western Railway Zone (NWR)
The North Western Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Jaipur. It comprises various subdivisions namely Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur.
The North Western Railway operates international rail service i.e. from Jodhpur (India) to Karachi (Pakistan) and that train is named as THAR Express.
Southern Railway Zone (SR)
The Southern Railway zone was established in the year 1951 and it has its headquarters situated in Chennai. It comprises various subdivisions namely Chennai, Salem, Trichy, Madurai, Palaghat, Trivandrum.
After completing certain gauge conversion projects and the construction of additional lines, Southern Railway has risen to become the fourth largest zone.
South Western Railway Zone (SWR)
On April 1, 2003, the South Western Railway zone was formed by splitting the Southern Railway divisions of Mysuru and Bengaluru, as well as the South Central Railway division of Hubli.
The South Western Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Hubli (Karnataka). It has three divisions namely Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli.
South Eastern Railway Zone (SER)
The South Eastern Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Garden Reach, Kolkata, Westbengal, India. It comprises various subdivisions namely Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi.
South East Central Railway Zone (SECR)
The South East Central Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Bilaspur. It comprises various subdivisions namely Bilaspur, Nagpur, Raipur.
Eastern Railway Zone (ER)
Eastern Railway has the country’s largest and second largest rail complexes, Howrah Junction and Sealdah railway stations, as well as the majority of A1 and A Category stations, such as Howrah, Malda Town, Sealdah, Asansol, Durgapur, Barddhaman, Bhagalpur, Jasidih, Bandel, Dankuni, and others.
The Eastern Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Fairley Place, Kolkata. It comprises various subdivisions namely Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda.
East Central Railway Zone (ECR)
The East Central Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Hijapur. It has five divisions namely Sonpur, Samastipur, Danapur, Mughalsarai, Dhanba.
East Coast Railway Zone (ECoR)
The East Coastal Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Bhubaneswar. It has three divisions namely Khurda Road, Waltair, Sambhalpur.
Western Railway Zone (WR)
The Western Railway zone was established in the year 1951. It covers major railway routes of Indian Railways.
The Western Railway zone has its headquarters situated at Mumbai, Church Gate. It has six divisions namely Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Mumbai WR, Ratlam.
West Central Railway Zone (WCR)
The West Railway zone has its headquarters situated in Jabalpur. It has three divisions namely Jabalpur, Kota, Bhopal.
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