Rourkela Junction railway station
|Indian Railways junction station|
|Location||Near New Bus Stand, Rourkela, Odisha|
|Elevation||219 m (719 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||South Eastern Railways|
|Line(s)||Tatanagar–Bilaspur section of Howrah–Nagpur–Mumbai line, |
Rourkela–Ranchi section of Rourkela–Hatia–Ranchi line
|Tracks||7 Broad gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Zone(s)||South Eastern Railway zone|
|Previous names||Bengal Nagpur Railway|
Rourkela Junction railway station (station code:- ROU) was a railway junction located in the north-western part of the Indian state of Odisha and served Rourkela in Sundergarh district. Rourkela was the third-largest urban agglomeration in Odisha. Mumbai CSTM – Howrah Gitanjali Express passed through Rourkela.
Rourkela railway station came up with the opening of the Nagpur–Asansol main line of Bengal Nagpur Railway in 1891. It became a station on the crosscountry Howrah–Nagpur–Mumbai line in 1900. Rourkela was connected to Barsuan iron ore mines in 1960. In earlier days the railway station of Rourkela was within the village of Mahulpali. The railway station gained in importance with the setting up of India's first public sector steel plant at Rourkela in the nineteen fifties. It was electrified in 1961–62.
Rourkela railway station was amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway. 10 trains originated at Rourkela and 101 trains(including weeklies and bi-weeklies) passed through it. It was situated on the Kolkata–Mumbai South Eastern railway line which was a major route connecting the two metros of India. Rourkela was connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Asansol, Ranchi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, Patna, Vishakhapatnam, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Cuttack, Puri, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Jammu & Kashmir and Ranchi.
The 156 km (97 mi) long line connecting Bimlagarh on the Bondamunda–Barsuan branch line and Talcher on the Sambalpur–Talcher–Barang branch line, was sanctioned in 2004–05 and construction was in progress. This line when complete would reduced the distance between Rourkela and Bhubaneswar, the state capital, from 460 km (via Sambalpur) to 300 km.
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Rourkela travel guide from Wikivoyage
|Preceding station||Indian Railways||Following station|
|South Eastern Railway zone||