Gaya Junction railway station

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Gaya Junction
Indian Railways junction station
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Gaya railway junction platform no. 1
LocationGaya, Gaya district, Bihar
India
Coordinates24°48′12″N 84°59′58″E / 24.80333°N 84.99944°E / 24.80333; 84.99944
Elevation117 metres (384 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byEast Central Railway zone
Line(s)Grand Chord
Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line
Howrah–Allahabad–Mumbai line
Asansol–Gaya section
Gaya–Mughalsarai section
Patna–Gaya line
Gaya–Kiul line
Platforms9
Tracks14
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctional
Station codeGAYA
Zone(s) East Central Railway zone
Division(s) Mughalsarai
History
Opened1879; 142 years ago (1879)
Previous namesEast Indian Railway Company
Eastern Railway zone
Route map
 
 
to Mughalsarai–Kanpur section
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of Howrah–Delhi main line
and Howrah–Gaya–Delhi line
Mughalsarai Junction
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to Sitarampur
via Howrah–Delhi main line
Chandauli Majhwar
Karmanasa River
Uttar Pradesh
Bihar
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Bhabua Road
Sasaram
Dehri-on-Sone
Nehru Setu bridge
across Son River
Son Nagar
Left arrow to Barkakana
Anugrah Narayan Road
Gaya Junction
Gaya Junction
Right arrow Patna–Gaya line
Falgu River
Right arrow Gaya–Kiul line
Bihar
Jharkhand
border
Gujhandi
Koderma Junction
Left arrow to Hazaribagh Town
Right arrow to Giridih
Barakar River
Hazaribagh Road
Parasnath
NSC Bose Gomoh
Left arrow to Bokaro Steel City
Left arrow to Adra
Dhanbad
Barakar River
Jharkhand
West Bengal
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Right arrow
to Mughalsarai
via Howrah–Delhi main line
Asansol Junction
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Location
Gaya Junction is located in Bihar
Gaya Junction
Gaya Junction
Location in Bihar

Gaya Junction railway station was a junction station serving the city of Gaya, the headquarters of Gaya district and Magadh Division in the Indian state of Bihar. Gaya was in the Mughalsarai railway division of the East Central Railway zone. Grand Chord rail-line that connected Howrah and New Delhi passed through Gaya. It lied between Mughalsarai Junction on the Delhi side and Dhanbad Junction on the Howrah side. It was located at 24°48′13″N 84°59′57″E / 24.80361°N 84.99917°E / 24.80361; 84.99917.[1] It had an elevation of 117 metres (384 ft). Gaya was connected with most of the states through rail network. Very few trains do-not stopped here. There were also two other broad-gauge train lines from Gaya, one to Patna and the other to Kiul Junction. The city had two major railway stations: Gaya Junction & Manpur Junction. Gaya was well connected with Patna, Jehanabad, Biharsharif, Rajgir, Islampur, Nawada through daily passenger and expressed train services.

History[edit]

Several years before the Grand Chord was built, a connection from the Howrah–Delhi main line to Gaya was developed in 1900 and the South Bihar Railway Company (operated by EIR) had laid a line from Lakhisarai to Gaya in 1879.[2] The Grand Chord was opened on 6 December 1906.[3]

New developments

In February 2012, the Indian Railways had planned to set up a Railway Station Development Corporation (RSDC) that will work on improving the major railway stations including Gaya Junction by building and developing Restaurants, shopping areas and food plaza for commercial business and improving passenger amenities.[4]

Facilities[edit]

There were 9 platforms in the Gaya Junction and the platform 10 was under construction. There were 1 Pilgrim Platform also, where the pilgrim train stop. The platforms were interconnected with foot overbridges (FOB). It had three foot overbridge, the station houses all the major facilities like waiting rooms, computerized reservation facility, food plaza, dormitory, retiring rooms, cafeteria, bookshop, etc.[5] Existing facilities were being revamped for developing it as model station.

Trains[edit]

Gaya Junction's location on the Delhi–Kolkata Grand chord route, made it served by numerous expressed and superfast trains from all over the country. Gaya Junction was the second most important railway station in Bihar after Patna and second largest in terms of platforms after Patna Jn. It was a junction and was connected to all the major cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai through important broad-gauge routes (direct trains). Now it was also directly connected to Guwahati (N-E India). There was a direct train, Mahabodhi Express from New Delhi to Gaya daily. Another air-conditioned train Garib Rath had been added from Gaya to Anand bihar Jn (Delhi),which ran weekly. There were direct trains from Gaya to important stations in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, KamakhyaGuwahati, Ranchi, Parasnath(Shikharji), Bokaro, Varanasi, Lucknow, Kota, Kanpur, Allahabad, Agra, Bareilly, Mathura, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, Puri, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Amritsar, Dehradun, Kalka, Jammu, Gwalior, Dehradun, Jamshedpur (Tatanagar), Bhuvaneshwar, etc. Several electrified local passenger trains also ran from Gaya to neighbouring destinations at regular intervals.[6][7] Gaya Patna daily bond passenger train also played a very essential role in city. The train started from Gaya Junction to Patna Junction via Bela, Chakand, Jehananbad, Makhdoompur.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gaya Junction". Wikimapia. Retrieved 1 December 2011.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Saxena, R.P. "Indian Railway History timeline". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  3. ^ "As the traffic continued to grow even beyond the capacity of the". Symphony of Progress – The Saga of Eastern Railway. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ Verma, Kumod (11 February 2012). "Railways to set up body to develop stations". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  5. ^ "List of Locations (Irrespective Of States) Where Computerized Reservation Facilities Are Available". Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Trains at Gaya". India Rail Info. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Gaya Junction Railway Station Details". indiantrains.org. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2012.

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