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Eastern Railway

The history of the Eastern Railways can be traced back all the way to the 15th of August, 1854 when the first train of the East Indian Railway ran from Howrah to Hooghly. The railway came into its present form on 14th April, 1952, when the East Indian Railway and the Bengal Nagpur Railway were integrated into one entity. The Eastern Railway consists of 2,500 route kms.

Divisions of Eastern Railways

The Howrah division of the Eastern Railways covers Howrah, Hooghly, Barddhaman, Murshidabad and Birbhum districts of West Bengal and the Pakur district of Jharkhand. It has 666 route kms of Broad Gauge (BG) track and 104.4 route kms of Narrow Gauge (NG) track.

The Sealdah division serves six districts of West Bengal, which comprises the area between River Hooghly on the west, Bangladesh on the north and east and the Sunderbans in the south. The elevated connectivity from Cantonment station of the Circular Railway joining it to the N.S.C. Bose airport is an outstanding feature of this division.

The Asansol division is one of the oldest established divisions of the Indian Railways and has been functional since 1925. With a total of 579.5 route kms, it is a busy crossroads between of the Grand Chord Route via Gaya and the main line via Patna. The quadruple lines between Khana and Sitarampur are a unique feature of this division.

The Malda division of the Eastern Railways is headquartered in Malda in West Bengal and covers districts from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.


The Maltree Express that is one of the international mail-express trains of India runs between Kolkata and Dhaka and falls within the Eastern Railways Network. The Eastern Railway handles the international traffic to and from Bangladesh and extends on the east up to Lalgola, Benapole and Gede on the Bangladesh border. The majestic Adina mosque that is a tourist destination can be accessed through Malda, which along with Kiul form the northern end of the Eastern Railways.

Asansol and Jhajha in the west and Namkhana near Ganga Sagar to the south form the remaining boundaries of this Railway. The first Rajdhani Express ran between Howrah and New Delhi in 1969 over the Northern and Eastern Railways. The Duronto Express from Sealdah to New Delhi that is the fastest long distance train of the Indian Railways also runs in this network. This Railway also serves many places of tourist interest, a few of them being Kolkata, Belur Math and Shantiniketan.

Passenger Facilities

Eastern Railways always has the passenger's comforts as a priority, and the first fully air conditioned Double Decker Express in the country was run by this Railway between Howrah and Dhanbad. In sections that are not electrified, Eastern Railways has introduced Diesel Multiple service units as a pioneering service. The Mainline Multiple Electrical units in the non-suburban areas have also been much appreciated by passengers.

The Eastern Railway reservation system provides all the required conveniences including tatkal reservation, season tickets, parcel services and freight services. The Eastern Railway enquiry services are also very efficiently run with information available instantly both online and on phone.

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