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Eastern Railway

Eastern Railway is a part of the Indian Railways. The Eastern Railway of India stretches 2414 km and includes Howrah, Sealdah, Malda and Asansol.


The formation of Eastern Railway dates back to 14th April, 1952. The Eastern Railway of India was formed including Howrah, Sealdah, Danapur and Asansol Divisions along with the whole of West Bengal – Nagpur Railway. Later, some portions were separated and South Eastern Railway was formed on 1st August 1955. After reconstruction, Eastern Railway was stretched to 4245.61 km on 30th September 2002. On 1st October 2002, Danapur, Dhanbad and Mughalsarai were separated from Eastern Railway and included into East Central Railway area.

Eastern Railway Facts

  • The Eastern Railway is an integral part of Indian economy as it not only serves the densely populated areas but also covers the mineral rich regions and regions prospering in industries and agriculture
  • The 2 major workshops of Eastern Railways are at Jamalpur, Liluah and Kanchrapara.
  • 1308 route km of Eastern Railway has 25 KV AC traction electrification.
  • Eastern Railway stretches to the border of Bangaladesh upto Lalgola, Gede and Benapole in the East, Kiul and Malda in the North, Namkhana in the South and Jhajha and Asansol in the West.
  • From Howrah theEastern Railway main line runs for 221 km to Sitarampur from it bifurcates for Delhi, with one via Dhanbad – Gaya and the other via Patna. The lines meet at Mughalsarai Station.
  • There are a number of express trains or fast long distance trains in Eastern Railways, one of which is the Rajdhani Express.
  • The Eastern Railway - Howrah and Sealdah suburban divisions cater to a huge section of Greater Kolkata passengers excepting the South Eastern Railway system.
  • Eastern Railway pioneered the introduction of Diesel Multiple Units.
  • The electrified “Routes Mainline Electrical Multiple Units” serves passengers in the Non-suburban areas.
  • Eastern Railway also carries stones, cements and merchandise.
  • The Railway also serves a number of oil installations, fertilizer plants and several industrial regions.

Rail Travel Service Agents (RTSA)

RTSAs are authorized by the Eastern Railways to purchase tickets and make reservations for the passengers. For classes other than Sleeper / second class the service charge is Rs. 25/- per passenger and for Second Class/Sleeper class the service charge is Rs. 15/- per passenger.


The Catering facilities are present in most of the stations and available on long distance as well as inter-city trains.

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