Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
|Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line|
Varanasi-Lucknow Chord line
|Locale||Gangetic Plain in Uttar Pradesh|
|Operator(s)||Northern Railway for main line|
|Track length||301 km (187 mi)|
|Number of tracks||1|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge|
|Electrification||Completed (single line electrified)|
|Operating speed||110 kmph|
|Highest elevation||Varanasi 82 m (269 ft)|
Lucknow 123 m (404 ft)
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
The Varanasi–Raebareli–Lucknow line (also known as Varanasi-Lucknow chord line) is a railway line connecting Varanasi and Lucknow, both in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The line is under the administrative jurisdiction of Northern Railway.
The Lucknow-Rae Bareli extension was completed in 1893 and the Varanasi-Lucknow chord line via Rae Bareli was constructed in 1898.
Line doubling and electrification
As of 2013, the railways have taken up doubling of the 66 km (41 mi) Utaratia-Raebareli sector and the 60 km (37 mi) Raebareli- Amethi sector. Work is in progress for electrification of the 200 km (124 mi) Varanasi-Unchahar railway line.
Railways have taken up construction of the 116 km (72 mi) Rae Bareli-Akbarganj-Faizabad new line and the 134 km (83 mi) Unchahar-Amethi-Sultanpur-Kadipur new line in 2013.
Sheds, workshops and manufacturing facilities
Lucknow diesel loco shed or Alambagh diesel shed is home to 160+ locomotives, including WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A and WDG-4 varieties. Charbagh locomotive workshops handle periodical overhaul jobs.
Diesel Locomotive Works at Varanasi initially assembled ALCO kits. Subsequently, with technology transfer from GM EMD, it produces advanced diesel locomotives with high efficiency and low maintenance costs. It produces around 240 locomotives annually.
In 1952, Eastern Railway, Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway were formed. Eastern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company, east of Mughalsarai and Bengal Nagpur Railway. Northern Railway was formed with a portion of East Indian Railway Company west of Mughal Sarai, Jodhpur Railway, Bikaner Railway and Eastern Punjab Railway. North Eastern Railway was formed with Oudh and Tirhut Railway, Assam Railway and a portion of Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. East Central Railway was created in 1996-97. North Central Railway was formed in 2003.
- "Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway". Management Ebooks. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Railway projects and amenities to transform Rae Bareli and surrounding areas". Northern Railway, 17 May 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Rlys rolls out schemes in Rae Bareli, Amethi". Times of India, 17 May 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Production Units & Workshops". Diesel Loco Works, Varanasi. IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Sonia opens rail coach factory at Rae Bareli". The Hindu. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "IR History: Early History (1832-1869)". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "The Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway" (PDF). Old Martinian Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Indian Branch Railway". fibis. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- "IR History III : (1900-1947)". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Bengal and North-Western Railway". fibis. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "East Central Railway". ECR. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "North Central Railway". NCR. Retrieved 12 January 2014.