Gorakhpur Junction railway station
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|Indian Railways station|
|Location||Station road near Dharamshala, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh|
|Elevation||84 metres (276 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||North Eastern Railways|
|Line(s)||Double electric line|
|Platforms||10, 1,366 m (4,482 ft) long|
|Connections||Auto stand, Bus stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Zone(s)||North Eastern Railway zone|
|2 lakh daily|
Gorakhpur Junction railway station (station code::GKP) was located in the city of Gorakhpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It had the world's longest railway platform. It served as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway. The station offerred Class A-1 railway station facilities.
Gorakhpur Junction railway station was a major railway station in the state of Uttar Pradesh especially in the Purvanchal region (Eastern Uttar Pradesh) and it connected Eastern Uttar Pradesh to Bihar, Nepal and Northern India to Bihar.
The 135-mile (217 km) metre-gauge Gonda loop, running between Gorakhpur and Gonda, was constructed by the Bengal and North Western Railway between 1886 and 1905. The 79-mile (127 km) Kaptanganj–Siwan metre-gauge line was opened in 1913. The 25-mile (40 km) metre-gauge Nautanwa branch line was opened in 1925.
Conversion to broad gauge started with the Gorakhpur–Siwan section in 1981. The Gorakhpur–Paniyahwa section was converted in 1991. The Gorakhpur–Gonda loop was converted around 1985, and the Nautanwa branch line at about the same time. The Kaptanganj–Siwan line was converted around 2011 .
Longest platform in the world
A remodeling of the Gorakhpur railway station was launched in 2009. The remodeling work was completed on war-footing within the scheduled time. With the inauguration of the remodeled yard on 6 October 2013, Gorakhpur had a platform measuring 1,366.33 metres (4,482.7 ft) with ramp and 1,355.40 metres (4,446.9 ft) without it. At present, Gorakhpur had the world's longest railway platform, measuring 1,366m.
Gorakhpur was amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways. It handled over 190 trains daily; in some special occasions the number can increase to 473 trains. Some of the other railway stations in Uttar Pradesh handling large numbers of passengers were Kanpur Central, Varanasi Junction, Mathura Junction and Mughalsarai.
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