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Kharagpur Junction railway station

Indian Railway Junction Station
Outside view of Kharagpur station
Station statistics
Address Kharagpur, Paschim Medinipur district, West Bengal
Elevation 29 metres (95 ft)
Line(s) Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line
Howrah-Chennai main line
Howrah-Kharagpur line
Asansol–Tatanagar–Kharagpur line
Kharagpur-Puri line
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 10 (1,1A,2,2A,3,3A,4,4A,5,6)
Parking Available
Baggage check Not available
Other information
Opened 1898-99
Station code KGP
Zone(s) South Eastern Railway Zone (India)
Division(s) Kharagpur
Owned by Indian Railways
Operator South Eastern Railway
Station status Functioning
Formerly Bengal Nagpur Railway

Kharagpur is a railway station in Kharagpur subdivision of Paschim Medinipur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Kharagpur Junction came up in 1898-99. On one side, Bengal Nagpur Railway’s Kharagpur-Cuttack line was opened on New Year’s Day in 1899. On the other hand, the opening of the bridge over the Rupnarayan River at Kolaghat, on 19 April 1900, connected Howrah with Kharagpur. Kharagpur was also linked with Sini the same year. The line was ready in 1898-99. The Kharagpur-Midnapore branch line was opened to traffic in 1901.[1]

Platform length

After Gorakhpur, and Kollam junction, Kerala, Kharagpur has the world's third longest railway platform with a length of 1,072.5 metres (3,519 ft).[2][3][4] Remodelling of Gorakhpur railway station was completed and the new platform inaugurated on 6 October 2013. Till then Kharagpur boasted of the longest platform in the world for many years.[5]

Coromandal Express halted at Kharagpur Junction

Platform nos. 1 and 3, and 2 and 4 of Kharagpur Junction are contiguous. The 24 coach Coromandel Express stops at the start of platform no. 3 and its tail extends some distance in to platform no. 1.[2]


The longest railway platforms are:

Kharagpur Junction Facts File

It is the busiest junction station in South Eastern Railway Zone after Howrah. Hence, it is termed as Gateway to South Eastern Railway. It is a junction which connects Howrah to Mumbai, Chennai, Adra/Purulia and New Delhi via Tatanagar as well. It also connects Bhubaneshwar to New Delhi. Everyday approximately 275 trains pass through this station which includes freight traffic. In terms of passenger traffic it handles 176 trains on a daily basis. So, in a bid to decongest Kharagpur station and speed up locomotives, South Eastern Railway has decided to develop Hijli (close to IIT-Kharagpur) as an alternative station for Kharagpur. In future, most of the new trains coming from Balasore side and going towards Adra or Tatanagar will stop at Hijli and bypass Kharagpur. In order to increase passenger commute between Kharagpur and Hijli, new EMU services have been introduced between these two stations.

The Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line is classified under Route A of Indian Railways which allows trains to run at maximum permissible speed of 160 km/hr. However, as a result of the automated block section between Howrah and Kharagpur, the speed is restricted to 120 km/hr. The Howrah-Kharagpur section has been identified as one of the high density Automatic Block Section routes on Indian Railways. Thus plans are to deploy TPWS (Train Protection and Warning System) on this section to mitigate the risk of Signal passed at danger (SPAD) by train drivers leading to accidents.

It has also been identified as one of the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) - on the East-West : Howrah-Mumbai via Kharagpur-Bilaspur-Nagpur, and on the East-Coast : Kharagpur-Vijayawada via Khurda Road-Duvvada. These routes would be operational well before 2020. This would create adequate capacity to meet the freight demand and also elevate the quality of service to global standards.

Due to increasing number of trains on Howrah - Kharagpur section, construction of a third line from Panskura to Kharagpur has been initiated. Upon completion of this project, the traffic on this section may be eased to some extent (Howrah - Panskura section has already 3 lines).

Due to passenger demand, new Ladies Special EMU service has been introduced between Howrah - Kharagpur. Plans are also to introduce more new suburban trains between Howrah-Narayangarh (towards Balasore) and Howrah-Ghatsila (towards Tatanagar).

The below is a list of some of the Important Trains that Pass through Kharagpur Junction:-


  • Howrah - Mumbai Geetanjali Express
  • Howrah - Pune Azad Hind Express
  • Howrah - Mumbai CSTM Express
  • Howrah - Sai Nagar Shirdi Express
  • Howrah - Ahmedabad Express
  • Howrah - Porbander - Okha Express
  • Howrah - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Jnaneshwari Express
  • Howrah - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Samarsata Express (via KGP-ADRA-CKP)
  • Howrah - Mumbai Mail (via Nagpur)
  • Howrah - Sambalpur Samaleshwari Express
  • Howrah - Titlagarh Ispat Express
  • Howrah - Tatanagar Steel Express
  • Howrah - Barbil Janshatabdi Express
  • Howrah - Jagadalpur Express
  • Santragachi - Porbander Kaviguru Express
  • Santragachi - Ajmer Express
  • Santragachi - Hazur Saheb Nanded Express
  • Shalimar - Bhuj Weekly SF Express
  • Shalimar - Udaipur Express
  • Shalimar - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Express
  • Kamakhya - Lokmanya Tilak (T) Karmahoomi Express
  • Kharagpur - Jhargram Express


  • Howrah - Chennai Central Coromandel Express
  • Howrah - Chennai Central Mail
  • Howrah - Tiruchirapalli Express
  • Howrah - Kanniyakumari Express
  • Howrah - Secunderabad Falaknuma Express
  • Howrah - Bhubaneshwar Jan Shatabdi Express
  • Howrah - Puri Dhauli Express
  • Howrah - Puri Express
  • Howrah - Puri Garib Rath Express
  • Howrah - Puri Sri Jagannath Express
  • Howrah - Yesvantpur Express
  • Howrah - Mysore Express
  • Howrah - Vasco Da Gama Express
  • Howrah - Puducherry Express
  • Howrah - Hyderabad East Coast Express
  • Howrah - Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam Express
  • Howrah - Sambalpur Express (via Bhadrak)
  • Santragachi - Mangalore Vivek Express
  • Santragachi - Tirupati Express
  • Shalimar - Thiruvananthapuram Express
  • Shalimar - Nagercoil Gurudev Express
  • Shalimar - Visakhapatnam Express
  • Shalimar - Baripada Express
  • Shalimar - Chennai Central Express
  • Shalimar - Puri Express
  • Shalimar - Secunderabad Express
  • Shalimar - Secunderabad AC Superfast Express
  • Haldia - Chennai Central Express
  • Digha - Visakhapatnam Express
  • Digha - Puri Express
  • Purulia - Villupuram
  • Kharagpur - Villupuram Express
  • Bhagalpur - Yesvantpur Express Anga Express
  • Santragachi - Chennai Central A.C Express


  • Howrah - Purulia Rupashi Bangla Express
  • Howrah - Purulia Lalmati Express
  • Howrah - Purulia Express
  • Shalimar - Bhojudih Aranyak Express
  • Shalimar - Bankura Rajya Rani Express
  • Haldia - Asansol Express
  • Digha - Asansol Express
  • Haldia - Anand Vihar (T) Express
  • Kharagpur - Purulia Express
  • Bhubaneshwar - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Adra)
  • Bhubaneshwar - New Delhi Rajdhani Express (via Tatanagar)
  • Bhubaneshwar - New Delhi Sampark Kranthi Express
  • Puri - New Delhi Purushottam Express
  • Puri - New Delhi Neelachal Express (via Tatanagar)
  • Puri - New Delhi Nandankanan Express (via Adra)
  • Puri - Patna Baidyanathdham Express
  • Puri - Gorakhpur Bhojpuri Express
  • Puri - Darbhanga Express
  • Puri - Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express
  • Ernakulam - Patna Express
  • Villupuram - Purulia Express (via Hijli)


  • Thiruvananthapuram - Guwahati Express
  • Bangalore City Jn. - Guwahati Express
  • Ernakulam Town - Guwahati Express
  • Puri - Guwahati Express
  • Chennai Egmore - Guwahati Express
  • Secunderabad Jn - Guwahati Express
  • Kannniyakumari - Dibrugarh Town Vivek Express
  • Chennai Egmore - Dibrugarh Town Express
  • Yesvantpur - Dibrugarh Express
  • Digha - Malda Town Express
  • Chennnai Central - New Jalpaiguri Express
  • Yesvantpur - Muzaffarpur Express
  • Puri - Kamakhya Express (Guwahati)


  • Howrah - Mumbai CSTM Duronto Express AC Express
  • Howrah - Pune Duronto Express AC Express
  • Howrah - Puri Duronto Express AC Express
  • Howrah - Yesvantpur Duronto Express
  • Sealdah - Puri Duronto Express
  • Bhubaneshwar - New Delhi Duronto Express (via Hijli-Adra-Gomoh)

Apart from these there are currently 30 pairs of EMU/MEMU trains that ply between Howrah Jn. and Kharagpur Jn. In addition to these, there are 15 pairs of passenger trains either pass through or terminate (at) Kharagpur. The average total of passenger trains that pass through Kharagpur is 176 per day.

Kharagpur Junction has total 10 platforms.

Platforms - 1,2,3,4,5 and 6 serve Mail/Express trains. Platforms - 1A,2A,3A,4A serve EMU/MEMU/Passenger trains.

2new platforms are under construction - Platform 7 & 8. Once functional the number of platforms at Kharagpur will be 12.


External links

Preceding station   Indian Railway   Following station
South Eastern Railway zone Terminus
South Eastern Railway zone
South Eastern Railway zone
Terminus South Eastern Railway zone
  • Trains at Kharagpur

Kharagpur travel guide from Wikivoyage


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