Allahabad Junction railway station

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Allahabad Junction
Indian Railways junction station
Prayagraj Junction.jpg
LocationLeader Road, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Coordinates25°26′46″N 81°49′44″E / 25.4460°N 81.8289°E / 25.4460; 81.8289Coordinates: 25°26′46″N 81°49′44″E / 25.4460°N 81.8289°E / 25.4460; 81.8289
Elevation316.804 metres (1,039.38 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byNorth Central Railway zone
Line(s)Howrah–Delhi main line
Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line
Howrah–Allahabad–Mumbai line
Allahabad–Jabalpur section
Mughalsarai–Kanpur section
Allahabad–Varanasi line
Allahabad–Faizabad line
Structure typeStandard on ground
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Station codePRYJ, formerly ALD[1]
Division(s) Allahabad
Opened1859; 162 years ago (1859)
Previous namesEast Indian Railway Company
Allahabad railway station is located in Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad railway station
Allahabad railway station
Location within Uttar Pradesh

Allahabad Junction, officially known as Prayagraj Junction,[1] was a railway station on the Howrah–Delhi main line, Allahabad–Mau–Gorakhpur main line and Howrah–Allahabad–Mumbai line. It was the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone. It was located in Allahabad district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It served Allahabad and the surrounding areas.


The East Indian Railway Company initiated efforts to developped a railway line from Howrah to Delhi in the mid nineteenth century. Even when the line to Mughalsarai was being constructed and only the lines near Howrah were put in operation, the first train ran from Allahabad to Kanpur in 1859. For the first through train from Howrah to Delhi in 1864, coaches were ferried on boats across the Yamuna at Allahabad. With the completion of the Old Naini Bridge across the Yamuna through trains started running in 1865–66.[2][3][4]

The opening of the Curzon Bridge, across the Ganges, in 1902, linked Allahabad to regions north of or beyond the Ganges.[5]

The Varanasi–Allahabad City (Rambagh) line was constructed as a metre-gauge line by the Bengal and North Western Railway between 1899 and 1913. It was converted to broad gauge in 1993–94.[6][7]


The Cheoki–Subedarganj section was electrified in 1965–66.[8]


There were engineering workshops of Indian Railways at Allahabad.[9]

Passenger movement[edit]

Allahabad was amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[10] The station had two entry sides i.e. City Side to the south and Civil Lines Side to the north.[11]

Kumbh Mela[edit]

The railways made special arrangements for the huge influx of pilgrims for the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad.[12][13]


Allahabad Junction was an 'A' grade railway station. Allahabad railway station had 3 double-bedded AC retiring rooms, 9 double-bedded non-AC retiring rooms and a 20-bedded dormitory and was Wi-Fi enabled. The North Central Railways (NCR) had introduced airport like boarding facility so that the passengers will be issued boarding passed to avail facilities at the junction from new state of the art check-in counters.[14]


  1. ^ a b "After new name, now code initials for Prayagraj Junction". The Times of India. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  2. ^ "IR History: Early History (1832–1869)". IRFCA. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Allahabad Division: A Historical Perspective". North Central Railway. Archived from the original on 1 June 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Railways enter 159th year of its journey". The Times of India. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  5. ^ "India Office Select Materials". The British Library. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Indian Railway History – North Eastern Railway" (PDF). Former Bengal & North Western Railway lines. Wordpress. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Varanasi Division". North Eastern Railway. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  8. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  11. ^ "railway station: Intensive checking at railway station | Allahabad News - Times of India". The Times of India. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Railways puts in place arrangements to check rush of Maha Kumbh pilgrims". The Times of India. 25 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Railways Make Adequate Arrangments [sic] to Ensure Maximum Facilities for Pilgrims of Kumbh Mela – 2013". Press Information Bureau, Government of India, 13 January 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  14. ^ Rajiv, Mani (18 June 2020). "UP: Airport like check-in starts at Prayagraj junction". The Times of India. Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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