Allahabad Junction is a railway station on the Howrah-Delhi main line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line.It is the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone. It is located in Allahabad district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It serves Allahabad and the surrounding areas. Many important trains pass through this station. All trains from the east going to southward pass through this station.
The East Indian Railway Company initiated efforts to develop a railway line from Howrah to Delhi in the mid nineteenth century. Even when the line to Mughalsarai was being constructed and only the lines near Howrah were put in operation, the first train ran from Allahabad to Kanpur in 1859. For the first through train from Howrah to Delhi in 1864, coaches were ferried on boats across the Yamuna at Allahabad. With the completion of the Old Naini Bridge across the Yamuna through trains started running in 1865-66.
The opening of the Curzon Bridge, across the Ganges, in 1902, linked Allahabad to regions north of or beyond the Ganges.
The Varanasi-Allahabad City (Rambagh) line was constructed as a metre gauge line by the Bengal and North Western Railway between 1899 and 1913. It was converted to broad gauge in 1993-94.
The Cheoki-Subedarganj section was electrified in 1965–66.
There are engineering workshops of Indian Railways at Allahabad.
Allahabad is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway. The station has two entry sides i.e. City Side to the South and Civil Lines Side to the North.
The railways make special arrangements for the huge influx of pilgrims for the Kumbh Mela at Allahabad.
Allahabad Junction is an ‘A’ grade railway station.Allahabad railway station has 3 double-bedded AC retiring rooms, 9 double-bedded non-AC retiring rooms and a 20-bedded dormitory and is Wi-Fi enabled.
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