List of Indian Railway Zone and headquarters

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Indian Railway Zone and headquarters: The entire operations of Indian Railways are divided into zones. Each zone is further divided into sub-divisions. Each Division has a divisional headquarters.

• Currently There are a total of 19 zones (including Metro Railway, Kolkata) and 70 Divisions on the Indian Railway System.

• South Coast Railway zone is the newest zone in India.
• Visakhapatnam is the regional headquarters of the South Coast Railway zone.

History of Railway Zones in India

Year 2003

• Until 2003 there were only 9 Railway zones in India.

Year 2002-03

• In 2002-03, 7 new railway zones were created, giving a total of 16.

Year 2010

• In 2010, Kolkata Metro Railway was given the status of 17th zone of Indian Railways.

• Additionally, the Konkan Railway has the administrative status of a zone of Indian Railways but is not generally considered a zone for operational purposes.

Year 2019

• In February 2019, South Coast Railway Zone (SCoR) has been announced as the newest railway zone of the Indian Railways.

List of Indian railway zones and their headquarters

Sl.NoRailway ZoneHeadquartersRailway Divisions
1.Central Railway (C.R.)Mumbai CSMT (Chatrapati Shivaji Termi)Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur CR
2.Southern Railway (SR)Chennai CentralChennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram
3.Northern Railway (N.R.)New DelhiDelhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow NR, Moradabad
4.Western Railway (WR)Church Gate, MumbaiMumbai WR, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara
5.Eastern Railway (ER)KolkataHowrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda
6.South-Eastern Railway (SER)Garden Reach, KolkataAdra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi
7.Kolkata Metro RailwayKolkataNot Applicable
8.South-Central Railway (SCR)SecunderabadSecunderabad, Hyderabad, Nanded
9.North-East Frontier Railway (NEFR)Maligaon (Guwahati)Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia
10.North-Eastern Railway (NER)GorakhpurIzzatnagar, Lucknow NER, Varanasi
11.East-Central Railway (ECR)Hazipur Danapur, Dhanbad, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Samastipur, Sonpur
12.North-Western Railway (NWR)JaipurJaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur
13.East-Coast Railway (ECoR)BhubaneshwarKhurda Road, Sambalpur, Rayagada
14.North-Central Railway (NCR)Prayagraj (Allahabad)Prayagraj, Agra, Jhansi
15.South-Western Railway (SWR)HubliHubballi, Bengaluru, Mysuru
16.West-Central Railway (WCR)JabalpurJabalpur, Bhopal, Kota
17.South-East Central Railway (SECR)BilaspurBilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur SEC
18.Southern Coast Railway (SCoR)VisakhapatnamWaltair, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal
19.Konkan Railway (KR)Navi MumbaiKarwar, Ratnagiri

Facts about the Railway Zones in India

• Kolkata has the largest number of railway zones in India.

• Kolkata is the headquarters of the Eastern Zone, South Eastern Zone, and Metro Railway zone Kolkata.

• Northern Railway Zone is the largest railway zone in India.

• Metro Railway, Kolkata became the 17th zone of the Indian Railways.

• Southern Railway zone is the oldest railway zone (created on 14 April 1951) in India.

• South Coast Railway Zone (18th) is the new railway zone of India.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. Indian railway is divided into how many zones?

Answer: 19 (Including Konkan and Kolkata Metro Railway Zone)

Q2. Which is the oldest railway zone in India?

Answer: Southern Railway

Q3. Which railway zone is the largest?

Answer: Northern Railways

Q4. Which state has the maximum railway zone?

Answer: Kolkata (3 Railway zones)

Q5. Which is the new railway zone in India?

Answer: South Coast Railway Zone

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