West Central Railway
West Central Railway is one of the important railway zones featuring in the list of Indian Railway. The zone has its headquarters in Jabalpur and it is categorized into 2 divisions which are known as:
- Jabalpur Division
- Bhopal Division
Jabalpur belonged to erstwhile central Railway while Bhopal belonged to erstwhile Kota Division. West Central Railway is expanded from Khandwa to Manikpur in the West-East direction and it includes Bina in the North-South direction. Apart from increasing passenger traffic, West Central Railway is also noted as an important freight corridor.
West Central Railway zone caters its services to 39 districts. Of all these districts, 24 belong to Madhya Pradesh, 13 belong to Rajasthan and 2 belong to Uttar Pradesh. The zone encompasses 2911 kilometers of railway tracks out of which 1328 kilometers of the tracks are electrified. Some of the important tourist attractions which are covered by West Central Railway zone include:
- Bird sanctuary of Bharatpur
- National Reserve Forests of Kanha-Kisli, Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh
- The hill station of Panchmarhi
Some of the important stations which fall under the jurisdiction of West Central Railway include Bhopal, Kota, Jabalpur, Habibganj, Itarsi, Bina, Vidisha, Ganjbasoda, Hoshangabad, Harda, Guna, Katni, Bharatpur, Ramganj Mandi, Baran, Satna, Saugor, Maihar, Narsinghpur, Madanmahal, Pipariya, Damoh, Sawai Madhopur, Gangapur City and Chau Mahla.
West Central Railway zone maintains fine balance of passenger and freight traffic. The areas covered by Jabalpur Division feature a large number cement plants. The Satna-Rewa cluster of the division is particularly noted for large scale shipment of cement. Other commodities which are loaded for shipment from different stations of jabalpur Division and Bhopal Division include bauxite, limestone, dolomite, LPG and POL.