Dehradun railway station
|Express train and Passenger train station|
|Location||Railway colony Rd, Govind Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand|
|Elevation||636.960 metres (2,089.76 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Northern Railway zone|
|Structure type||Standard on-ground station|
It was established in year 1899 by Britishers. Some of the important lines operating from Dehradun railway station that ran were Dehradun Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun Express, Allahabad Link Express, Dehradun Shatabdi Express, Varanasi–Dehradun Express, Dehradun–Amritsar Express, Doon Express, Mussoorie Express, Kathgodam Express, Nanda Devi Express and Kochuveli–Dehradun Superfast Express
The station was the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), which was 4.5 kilometre from the bus stood and the main taxi stood.
The nearest airport to the station was the Jolly Grant Airport, about 24 kilometers from the station.
It was the last station on the Northern railway line in the area.
The Haridwar–Dehra line, which was the continuation of the branch line of Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway from Laksar on the main line to Haridwar, was opened in 1900. Dehradun was the terminus of this 77 km (48 mi) long line. The railway track between Haridwar and Dehradun was sanctioned on 18 November 1896. It was constructed between 1897 and 1899, and was opened for rail traffic on 1 March 1900. The construction of the railway station had a huge impact on the town of Dehra. Pensioners, European settlers and several other people were attaracted to the town due to its pleasant climate. The railway line provided them easy connectivity to other parts of India. The railway line was also responsible for the steep increase in the export of rice, timber and limestone from the town.
There were plans to further extended railway services from this railway station to Mussoorie. The first attempt in this regard was made in 1896 but could not succeed. The project was initiated again in 1921, when the Mussoorie Electric Tramway Company Ltd was formed to set up a tram line from Dehradun to Mussoorie. The tram line was to started from the railway station and reached Mussoorie passing through Rajpur road, Dilaram Bazaar, Rajpur, Makherti, Oak-Grove, Fairlawn and Barlowganj. Work began and two stations were built on the line: one in Dilaram Bazaar and another near Parade Ground. The project was then scheduled to be completed by 1925 at an estimated cost of Rs 36 lakh, however the prices were expected to came down by 30 to 40% due to a steep fall in iron and steel prices at that time. But the tunnel at Jharipani was supposed to had caved in, killing a few workers. This combined with political unrest and the alleged embezzlement of funds by company officials eventually led to the project being abandoned.
The station was renovated in 2019–20, when re-modelling of the station complex and construction of additional platforms was undertaken. The station was closed on 10 November 2019 and was then reopened on 8 February 2020. During this period, the Dehradun-bound trains used to terminated either at Haridwar or at Harrawala, about 12 km from the city.
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