Katwa Junction railway station

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Katwa
Kolkata Suburban Railway Junction Station
Location Station Bazar-Kachhari Road, Katwa, West Bengal
India
Coordinates 23°38′25″N 88°07′25″E / 23.6402°N 88.1235°E / 23.6402; 88.1235Coordinates: 23°38′25″N 88°07′25″E / 23.6402°N 88.1235°E / 23.6402; 88.1235
Elevation 21 metres (69 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Operated by Eastern Railway
Line(s) Bandel-Katwa line
Barharwa-Azimganj-Katwa loop
Burdwan Katwa Railway
(Closed for gauge conversion)
Ahmedpur Katwa Railway
(Closed for gauge conversion)
Platforms 5
Construction
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Parking No
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Status Functioning
Station code KWAE
Division(s) Howrah
History
Opened 1913
Electrified 1994-96 with 25 kV overhead line
Previous names East Indian Railway Company
Location
Katwa Junction railway station is located in West Bengal
Katwa Junction railway station
Location of Katwa railway station in West Bengal

Katwa is a Kolkata Suburban Railway Junction Station on the Bandel-Katwa line and the Barharwa-Azimganj-Katwa loop. It is located in Purba Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Katwa and the surrounding areas.

History

In 1913, the Hooghly–Katwa Railway constructed a 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge line from Bandel to Katwa, and the Barharwa–Azimganj–Katwa Railway constructed the 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge Barharwa-Azimganj-Katwa Loop Line.[1][2]

The 53 km (33 mi) long 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) wide narrow gauge Burdwan Katwa Railway was opened in 1915 as part of Mc Leod’s Light Railways, taken over by Eastern Railway in 1966 and closed in 2010.

The 53 km (33 mi) long 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) wide narrow gauge Ahmedpur Katwa Railway was opened in 1917 as part of Mc Leod’s Light Railways and taken over by Eastern Railway in 1966. It was closed in 2013 for conversion to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge and electrification.[3][4]

Gauge conversion

The track from Burdwan to Katwa is being converted to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge and electrified.[5][6] The 26 km Burdwan-Balgona section has been converted to broad gauge in 2013 and EMU train started on the section in February 2014.[7] Conversion of the remaining 26 km Balgona-Katwa section to broad gauge started in 2015.

The track from Katwa to Ahmedpur was closed in 2013 for conversion to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) wide broad gauge but the conversion work has not been completed.

Electrification

Electrification of the Bandel-Katwa line was completed with 25 kV AC overhead system in 1994-96.[8]

Narrow gauge travel

Here is a description of narrow gauge travel (now closed):

References

  1. ^ R.P.Saxena. "Indian Railway History timeline". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Chronology of Railway development in Eastern Indian". railindia. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ahmedpur-Katwa_Railway". fibis. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Chakraborty, Snehamoy. "Emotions pasted – One last run". The Telegraph, 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Burdwan-Katwa Railway". fibis. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Siddiqui, Kanchan. "Burdwan bids adieu to vintage narrow gauge trains". The Statesman, 14 April 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/getimage.dll?path=TOIKM/2014/02/09/19/Img/Ad0191102.png
  8. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Manning, Ian. "From Bengal towards Nagpur". The Katwa Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 

External links

  • Trains to Howrah
  • Trainns from Howrah
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