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Facts about Central Railway
Dec 26 2014 (15:56)
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Paurav Shah~ Added by: Soumitra Chawathe*^~ Sep 09 2015 (20:23)
1853 First train ran between Victoria Terminus to Thane.
Regular train service for public.
Two trains each way introduce in Bombay – Thane and Bombay – Mahim (via Dadar) Section
Lord Elphinstone opened Thane-Kalyan Section
1855 Line extended from Kalyan to Vasind on North East side.
1856 Line extended from Kalyan to Palasdhari on South East side.
1858 Khandala – Pune line opened.
(There was no line between Palasdari to Khandala
1860 Vasind – Asangaon Section opened.
1861 Asangaon – Kasara Section opened.
1862 Bombay – Pune line opened.
(Palasdari – Khandala Section opened)
1865 Bombay – Igatpuri service started
(Kasara – Igatpuri Section opened)
GIP Railway Time Table indicated ‘local trains’ for the first time for the Bombay – Mahim & Bombay – Kalyan Section.
1869 GIP Railway local extended from Mahim to Bandra
1877 New Station Masjid, Chinchpokli, Parel, Ghatkopar & Diva opened.
1878 Works started to construct Victoria Terminus Station Building.
1879 GIP Railway ran 14 local each way including 5 Kurla terminating trains. Currey Road station was presumably used for
loading / unloading horses from Mahalaxmi. Parel Workshop established.
1885 Victoria Terminus – Byculla doubling Works completed.
1888 Victoria Terminus Station building constructed in Gothic style at an approximate cost of Rs. 16.4 lakhs.
1889 6 Platforms constructed at Bombay Victoria Terminus.
1903 Victoria Terminus Station Signals interlocked for Safety/ operation.
1905 Line quadrupled (from Victoria Terminus) up to Currey Road.
1906 General Rules framed for Railways.
Single line between Kurla & Chembur opened for garbage clearance.
1910 Harbour line (Double line) opened from Kurla to Reay Road with Reay Road Terminus.
1913 Suburban Terminals at Kurla, Thane & Kalyan opened.
1914 Double line between Raoli cabin & Mahim on Harbour Branch completed.
1915 Currey Road – Thane quadrupling completed. Matunga Workshop established.
1916 4316 feet Parsik tunnel opened for traffic.
1917 Thane – Kalyan quadrupling completed.
1920 Electric lighting of Signals introduced Currey Road & Dadar Section.
1924 Kurla – Chembur line opened for suburban traffic.
1925 EMU Rakes, manufactured by English Electric Co., introduced between Bombay & Kurla on Harbour Branch. The
Section declared as Suburban.
Victoria Terminus – Bandra Suburban service commissioned with an elevated Platform at Sandhurst Road.
1927 4 Coach Rake on Harbour Branch & 8 Coach on Main Line introduced.
1928 Automatic Signaling System introduced on Victoria Terminus – Byculla Section.
Electrification completed up to Kalyan.
1929 Punjab Limited Express started to run every Thursday on GIP Railway between Bombay & Lahore.
1930 Deccan Queen introduced to run between Bombay & Pune with 7 Coaches.
1930 WCP-1's and WCG-1's hauled few prestigious trains in CR region.
1950 Kalyan – Igatpuri Section electrified. Kurla – Mankhurd Section electrified.
1951 One track between Kurla – Mankhurd opened for suburban Steam service.
1952 Kurla – Mankhurd trains switched to Electric Traction.
1954 Facility of sleeping accommodation for III class Passengers introduced for first time.
1956 Claim Prevention organisation established on Central Railway.
1963 8 Car Rake converted to 9 Car Rake on Main Line.
Safety Organisation set up.
1964 4 Car Rake converted to 6 Car Rake on Kalyan – Kasara & Kalyan – Karjat Sections.
1964 Diva – Panvel Section opened for Passenger traffic.
1974 Pay & Park scheme introduced at Victoria Terminus.
1975 Bombay – Manmad Panchvati Express flagged off.
1976 Smoking in Suburban train prohibited.
1979 177 / 178 Pune – Jammu Tawi Jhelum Express introduced.
1980 Third Ghat line commissioned on North East side.
1981 Ladies accommodation increased on Suburban trains.
1982 First class accommodation increased on suburban trains.
1983-84 Diva – Vasai Road Section opened for haulage of traffic.
1986 First 12 Car Rake inaugurated on trial basis.
1987 Computerised Booking of Reservation at Victoria Terminus for Mahanagari & Pushpak Express.
1989 Bombay – Pune Indrayani Express introduced.
1990 First ‘Double Discharge’ Platform at Victoria Terminus.
Computerised Reservation Office opened at Kalyan.
1991 All Platforms at Victoria Terminus made ‘Double Discharge’ type.
First Hospital on Wheels in the World “Lifeline Express” inaugurated from Victoria Terminus.
1st class accommodation made 07-00 hrs to 20-30 hrs.
Kurla Terminus opened.
2125 / 2126 Bombay – Pune Pragati Express introduced.
1927 seats reserved for Senior Citizens.
Harbour Line Suburban Service extended to Vashi.
First Ladies Special inaugurated. (upto Kalyan)
1993 Harbour Line Suburban Services extended to Nerul
Accommodation for Physically handicapped in Suburban trains.
Harbour Line Suburban Service extended to Belapur.
First Chopper controlled Suburban train introduced.
Suburban Season Tickets computerised.
Computerised Reservation Office opened at Kurla Terminus.
1994 Computerised Reservation Office opened at Belapur.
1995 Harbour Line Suburban Services extended to Khandeshwar
Diva – Veer (Now in Konkan Railway) DMU Services inaugurated (Second Rake).
Second 12 Car Rake introduced.
1996 Victoria Terminus (VT) formally renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).
Executive Class in Shatabdi Express introduced.
Reservation Quota for Physically Handicapped introduced in all trains.
1997 Central Railway launched “Tatkal” scheme for passenger refunds at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
1998 Inauguration of Doubling of Diva-Panvel Section at Panvel.
Flagging off the inaugural Harbour Line Suburban Services from Panvel.
Inauguration of Coupon Validating Machines on Central Railway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
1999 Credit Card facility for Season Tickets at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Booking Office.
Inauguration of newly constructed Platform No. 7 at Thane.
Services extended up to Kaman from Vasai Road.
2000 Services extended from Kaman to Bhiwandi Road.
Harbour Line Services extended from Belapur to Panvel (Double Line)
2001 Token System introduced at Passenger Reservation System at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
Remodelling of CSTM Suburban Station Yard.
2002 First JanShatabdi train introduced from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) to Madgaon.
2003 Remodelling of Harbour Line at CSTM.
Deccan Queen is certified to ISO- 9001 : 2000.
2003 Mumbai – Pune journey time (by 2027 / 2028 Shatabdi Express) reduced to 2 hours 55 minutes.
Vasai Road – Panvel – Jasai Section converted from 1500 Volts DC to 25 KV AC on 29.10.2003.
2004 Deccan Odyssey Luxury train, a joint venture of Indian Railways & Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation, was
flagged off by then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 16.01.2004.
2004 Punjab Mail and Janshatabdi Express are certified to ISO 9001:2000.
2004 New Suburban Station Seawoods-Dharavi between Nerul and Belapur on the Harbour Line was opened for Suburban
on 12.06.2004, by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde.
2004 A new Suburban Corridor between Vashi and Thane Stations was inaugurated on 09.11.2004 by the Hon’ble Railway
Minister, Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav.
2004 Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) for the use of Platform Ticket installed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station.
2004 Coin Operated Ticket Vending Machine (Co TVM) for Suburban tickets of Rs 5 installed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Mulund and Thane.
2004 ISO 9001: 2000 awarded to Passenger Reservation System at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. This is the first and the only
Passenger Reservation System Centre on Indian Railways to achieve ISO 9001: 2000.
2004 Note to Coin changer Machines provided at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus & Dadar.
2004 New Passenger Reservation System Centre has been commissioned at Bhiwandi Road, Roha and Tata Memorial
Hospital, with one counter each.
2004 Twenty Passenger operated Enquiry Terminals (POET), for showing PNR Enquiry, Berth availability, Fare and Time-Table
Enquiry has been provided at various Passenger Reservation System Centers on Mumbai Division.
2005 First AC-DC Rake (run at on maximum speed of 100 KMPH) inducted in service
2006 Kasara – Igatpuri Section switched over from 1500 volts DC to 25 KV AC Traction
2006 “Nahur” – a new Suburban Railway Station between Bhandup & Mulund inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State of
Railways. Shri. Naran Bhai Rathwa.
2006 Laying of Foundation Stone for “Dedicated Freight Corridor” and introduction of 2nd Rake in service on Thane – Vashi
Section by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh.
2006 Titwala – Kasara Section switched over from 1500 volts DC to 25 KV AC Traction on 12.11.2006
2006 Commissioning of 26 Coach length Maintenance Sidings at Coaching maintenance Depot, Wadi Bunder on 01.12.2006.
2007 Commissioning of 26 Coach length Platform No. 16 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on 25.01.2007.
2007 New Goods Shed commissioned at Taloja on 20.06.2007.
2007 New Suburban Station Rabada inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra,Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, on
2007 Commissioning of 110/25 KV Traction Sub-Station, Bhor Ghat on 01.09.2007.
2007 New Suburban Station Lower Kopar (between Diva & Dombivli) started functioning from 03.09.2007.
2007 Foundation Stone laid for New Station Building at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus by Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways Shri
Naran Bhai J. Rathwa on 29.09.2007. Commissioning of new Platform (No.5) of 26 Coach at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
2008 2071/2072 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus – Aurangabad Jan Shatabdi Express Introduced & Flagged off by Hon’ble
Minister of State for Railways, Shri Naran Bhai J. Rathwa, on 05.02.2008.
2008 5th and 6th line between Diva and Kalyan opened for traffic on 15.02.2008.
2008 New age EMU Rake (with state-of-art-technology) was flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri
Vilasrao Deshmukh and put into service on 21.02.2008.
2008 New ticketing System based on GPS technology and contactless Smart Card named “GO MUMBAI CARD” launched over
Suburban Section on 24.04.2008.
2008 First X-Ray Baggage Scanner has been installed at CST Station in the month of April, 2008.
2008 Mansarovar station on Harbour line commissioned 28.03.2008.
2009 Thane – Nerul line inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways Shri Naranbhai Rathwa by flagging off
Suburban train from Thane to Panvel on 09.01.2009.
2009 3 Additional coaches in Suburban Train reserved for ladies in the morning peak from 27.01.2009.
2009 Kalyan-Titwala section including 5th & 6th line between Kalyan and Diwa switched over from 1500 volts DC to 25 kV
AC traction from 03.05.2009.
2009 Gigantic task of regardering of 3 spans of Ehegaon viaduct bridge in Kasara-Igatpuri section completed on 21.05.2009.
2009 “Ladies Special” Train on Harbour Line from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai to Panvel was flagged off through
video-conferencing by Hon’ble Minister of Heavy industries Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh in the presence of Hon’ble Minister
for Railways, Mamta Banerjee from New Delhi on 05.08.2009. There are two services (one in UP & DN direction daily on
2009 3 new lifts have been commissioned on 15.08.2009 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Platforms (14 & 15), (16 & 17)
and 18 for the benefit of passengers.
2009 Two New Super fast trains 2289/2290 Mumbai-Nagpur Duranto (Tri-weekly) and 2133/2134 Mumbai-Karwar Express
(Tri-weekly) were flagged off on 21.11.2009 by Hon’ble Minister for Railways Ms Mamta Banerjee in the presence of
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Ashok Chavan.
2009 The first in-house “Mechanized Laundry” on Indian Railways at Wadibunder was inaugurated by video conferencing on
21.11.2009 by Hon’ble Minister for Railways Ms Mamta Banerjee in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of
Maharashtra Shri Ashok Chavan.
2009 36, 9-Car services were augmented to 12-Car services on Main line from 23.11.2009. (472, 12-car EMU services per
2009 50, 9-car services were augmented to 12-car services on main line with effect from 1.12.2009, thereby increased to
running of 522, 12-car services per day.
2009 One golf cart type battery operated four-seater vehicle has been provided at CSTM on 11.12.2009 for ferrying
physically challenged and senior citizens within the station premises free of cost.
2009 50 additional Suburban services have been introduced over Harbour & Trans Harbour line with effect from 21.12.2009.
Suburban services increased from 1,414 to 1,464 trains per day.
2009 A new Super fast train 2167/2168 Dadar-Varanasi was flagged off on 24.12.2009 by Hon’ble Chief Minister of
Maharashtra Shri Ashok Chavan.
2009 The frequency of Mumbai-Amravati Express (2111/2112) increased from tri-weekly to daily from 24.12.2009.
2010 State-of-the-art Automatic Coach Washing Plant commissioned at LTT in the month of February, 2010.
2010 New train 2542/2541 Gorakhpur Express (tri-weekly) introduced from 10.02.2010.
2010 New train 2749/2750 Vishakhapatnam Express (bi-weekly) from LTT to Vishakhapatnam introduced from 24.03.2010.
2010 7th line between CSTM-MZN commissioned on 31.03.2010.
2010 26 New Suburban services introduced on mainline on 30.04.2010. Suburban services increased from 1,464 to 1,494
trains per day.
2010 First Ladies special (Mathrubhoomi) on Trans-harbour line introduced from 29.05.2010.
2010 62 New Suburban services introduced on harbour line and trans-harbour line. Suburban services increased from 1,494
to 1,556 trains per day.
2010 Lonavla-Vangani section switched over from 1500 volts DC to 25 kV AC traction system on 02.05.2010.
2010 Air-conditioning of Suburban Motormen & Guard’s Lobby at CSTM on 31.05.2010.
2010 New Booking Office at Parel (East) opened on 13.05.2010.
2010 Electric Loco Shed, Kalyan charged with 25 kV AC supply on 07.06.2010.
2010 Suburban Platforms No.1 & 4 at Panvel opened for Suburban train operations on 29.07.2010.
2010 55, additional 12-car services per day introduced on 15.08.2010. 12-car services increased from 577 to 621 per day.
2010 2133/2134 Mumbai-Karwar Express extended upto Mangalore Junction from 16.08.2010.
2010 New train 2131/2132 Dadar-Shirdi Express (tri-weekly) introduced from 28.08.2010.
2010 Vikhroli-Thane 5th & 6th line opened to Goods Traffic on 15.10.2010.
2010 50, 9-car services augmented into 12-Car services and 3 New services introduced w.e.f. 21.10.2010. Total number of
Suburban services per day increased from 1,556 to 1,559. 12-car services increased from 621 to 671. On main line on
Sunday/holidays all services running with 12 car rakes w.e.f. 24.10.2010.
2010 Augmentation of 9-Car rake of K-30 Ladies Special into 12-Car rake running between Kalyan and CSTM during the
morning peak w.e.f. 01.12.2010. The number of 12-Car services on Main line increased from 671 to 681 per day.
2010 For the first time 12-Car services introduced on Trans-harbour line section and 14 additional Shuttle services introduced
between Vadala road and Navi-Mumbai w.e.f. 21.12.2010. Total number of Suburban services per day increased from
1,559 to 1573. 12-Car services from 681 to 809.
2011 New train 12563 LTT-ALD (Weekly) introduced w.e.f. 26.01.2011.
2011 New train 12143 LTT-SLN (Weekly) introduced w.e.f. 26.01.2011.
2011 New train 12171 LTT-HW (Bi-weekly) introduced w.e.f. 31.01.2011.