The East Coast Railways were inaugurated on 8th August 1996 with only the Khurda Road division as a part of this zone. In 2003, the South Eastern Railways was reorganized and the divisions of Waltair and Sambalpur were added to the East Coast Railways bringing it to a total of 3 divisions.
This is probably the only current Railway zone to have a predecessor of the same name all the way back in 1888. The East Coast Railways cater to the states of Orissa, North Eastern Andhra Pradesh and 2 districts namely Bastar and Dantewada of Chhattisgarh.
It is the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) who heads each division,and an Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) also supports this role.
The Khurda Road division serves the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and has 100 stations over 833.62 route kms. This division has exhibited the highest growth rate among all Railway divisions.
The Sambalpur division came into existence in 1990 and has registered a steady growth of passenger and goods traffic. It currently has 715 route kms and serves the states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh.
The Waltair division has been in existence from 1893 and currently extends over 1052 route kms. It caters to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh and has registered a record growth of earnings in 2012-13 compared to the previous years.
The Khurda Road Division caters to the Golden Triangle of Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar that are popular tourist spots to passengers from all over India. This does not serve just the tourist population but is also an important link to the needs of the economically important industries such as NALCO and the Steel plant at Sukinda.
The Sambalpur division serves many important industrial set-ups as well, including the Sterlite Energy and Vedanta Aluminium, and the Waltair division provides a connection to the important Vizag port and the Vishakhapatnam steel plant.
The East Coast Railways provide passengers with multiple avenues to make reservations including Internet booking, Computerized Reservation Systems (CRS) and Unreserved Ticketing Systems (UTS). All amenities on the train such as bedrolls, medical aid and catering services are available, and many trains such as Janshatabdi, Purushottam Express and Orissa SamparkKranti also have a pantry car as part of the train.
The platforms of the East Coast Railway also have all necessary conveniences including cloak rooms, dormitories and waiting rooms. Refreshment rooms are also available in all major stations including Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Cuttack.
Once you have entered the required station information into the first Cleartrip screen, you will get all the information you need to make your railway reservation. All you need is a linked IRCTC id, and Cleartrip will also instruct you on how to create it if you don't have one. You can then go ahead and make your railway booking using the clear, ad-free and simple Cleartrip interface.