Tatanagar Junction railway station
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||South Eastern Railways|
|Line(s)||Tatanagar–Bilaspur section of Howrah–Nagpur–Mumbai line,|
Tatanagar–Gourmahisani–Badampahar branch line
|Structure type||Standard on ground|
|Zone(s)||South Eastern Railway zone|
|50,000 per day|
Tatanagar Junction railway station, station code TATA, was the main railway station serving the city of Jamshedpur in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It was located on the Howrah–Chakradharpur–Mumbai line of the Indian Railways. It had 6 platforms and handled around 100 trains each day.
The Tatanagar railway station was more than a century old. Sakchi was identified as the ideal site for the envisaged steel plant in December 1907. In 1910, the village Kalimati which was near to sakchi got itself a railway station on BNR's Howrah–Bombay route. The railways from then on were the life-line of the steel plant established by the Tatas. The name of the railway station was later changed to Tatanagar in honour of its founder Jamsetji Tata. Tatanagar–Rourkela section was the second 25 kV AC electrified section of the country, the first being Burdwan-Mughalsarai (in 1957).
The Tatanagar railway station was built by famous railway contractor of the town Nanji Govindji Taunk and his son Ranchhod Nanji Taunk of Nanji Govindji & Sons of Bistupur, who belonged to KGK Community, a community noted for their contributions in building Railway lines of India.
Tatanagar railway junction was an important station in the Howrah–Mumbai route, and to other places such as New Delhi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Orissa. It was the large station of South Eastern Railway. It fell under South Eastern Railway zone and Chakradharpur railway division. More than a 100 trains ply from this route at any given day. It was also a major transit point for citizens from various parts of the state. It was one of the busiest trunk routes section of Eastern India mainly due to being in the main line for passengers as well as goods train. It currently had 6 platforms. 5 were for major trains while one (platform near the washing line) was used for some passenger trains.
Tatanagar Electric Loco Shed held 200 electric locomotives like WAP-7 and WAG-9. It held many WAM-4 (now scrapped or withdrawn), while some of the WAM-4s from other shed were still seen. WAG-7 locomotives based in Tatanagar Electric Loco Shed were transferred to other shed.
Jamshedpur travel guide from Wikivoyage