Western Indian railways
The western Indian railways are one of the most manhandling railway networks and got established in 1951 on 5th November by the amalgamation Central Indian Railway, Baroda and Mumbai along with the other Railways of the State like Jaipur, Rajputana and Saurashtra. The Western Indian Railway’s headquarters is in Mumbai and enjoys an authority on the Central Railway network as well, being the head-quarters situated at Church gate. Central India railway networks and Baroda as the forerunners of the western railways started in the year of 1855. It constructed a broad-gauge track of over 29 miles starting from Ankleshwar to Utran. Later on, the same railway track got extended till Mumbai.
Western Indian railways-The System
Also, the Western railway line of the suburban Mumbai rail system is managed by Western Railways. The entire area is divided into six major divisions namely Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Rajkot, Ratlam, Mumbai and Bhavnagar. After widening the rail track towards Mumbai, it further got extended to Great Indian Peninsular Railway, which is famous by the name of Central Railways. Then a meter-gauge was developed from Delhi to Ajmer, Agra and Jaipur. Consequently the connection and extension between several Indian cities augmented. Also, by 1900, approximately 45 passenger rails were introduced under the Western Indian Railways System.
Origin of Western Indian railways
In 1928, first electric rail was introduced starting from Churchgate to Borivali. Later on, several railway networks were managed in the country’s Western part, which further combined with Saurashtra Railways. In 2003, Kota division came into existence under the Western Central Railways. Moreover, at present, Western Indian railways are considered as an electrified rail network operating within the country.
Facts about Western Indian Railways
Mumbai, Bhavnagar, Porbandar, Okha and Kandla are a few important ports, which generate maximum revenue for Indian Railways. The suburban Mumbai division sprawls up to Dahanu Road from Churchgate, covering over 120 kms distance whilst connecting more than 38 stations. Since, Western Indian railways comprise electrified rail-road system, it is considered as most important rail-road system of the country. Western Indian railways cover the entire region of Gujarat, eastern division of Rajasthan and Maharashtra Coast. Western railways also serve a number of west coast ports of India.
Importance of Western Indian railways
Indian Railways are one of the most prominent means of transport for people of India. Despite, its long distance voyage, many passengers also commute through the railway networks everyday. In the urban city Mumbai, railways is the first preference for many as journey via train is much convenient and cheap than any other mode of transportation.