ASN Railway Station
ASN (09:00)TATA (12:25) 3hr 25mins
KYQ (12:00)RNC (14:35) 26hr 35mins
TATA (13:00)ASN (16:30) 3hr 30mins
MFP (14:40)KOAA (04:00) 13hr 20mins
MFP (15:15)HWH (03:10) 8hr 45mins
BKN (18:45)HWH (04:15) 33hr 30mins
ASN (23:00)DHN (00:45) 1hr 0mins
DGHA (23:55)MLDT (14:40) 14hr 45mins
"Asansol Junction railway station" is a Division of Eastern Railway Zone in Asansol subdivision of Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian States and territories of India of West Bengal. The station is on the Howrah-Delhi main line. It is the 29th busiest railway station in India in terms of frequency of trains after Kanpur Central railway station, Vijayawada Junction railway station, Delhi Junction railway station, New_Delhi_railway_station, Ambala_Cantonment_Junction_railway_station, Howrah_Junction_railway_station and Patna_Junction_railway_station. Around 171 trains pass through the station daily.It serves Asansol and the surrounding areas.
"The entire belt between Durgapur (158 km from Howrah), and all the way up to Dhanbad and beyond is industrialized. Apart from factories, there are many coalmines, some closed now, and some with fires burning deep in the mineshafts. The mining area extends for a large area, mostly to the south of the tracks. Quite a portion of the track passes through cuttings, where the surrounding area is higher than the track level, resulting in the profusion of characteristic small masonry bridges crossing the tracks." This description is from "Gomoh loco shed and CLW trip record" by Samit Roychoudhury.
"A historic outline map of the Raniganj Coalfield Limited showing the proposed extension of railway tracks from Raniganj to Asansol">File:Raniganj Coalfield 1867.jpgThe East Indian Railway needed land to develop the infrastructure for the railways. While the Searsol Raj, then the zamindar in the Raniganj area, refused to provide the land, the Panchakot Raj, then functioning from Kashipur (community development block), agreed to provide the land in Shergarh, of which Asansol was then a part in 1863-64, East Indian Railway purchased a large area of jungle land from the Panchakot Raj, thereby initiating the development of Asansol as an industrial area.
While momentous developments were taking place in connecting Delhi and Kolkata by rail, Bengal Nagpur Railway extended its tracks to the Asansol coal belt in 1887, thus connecting Adra, Purulia with Asansol. The Tatanagar-Adra-Asansol section was electrified in the 1957-1962 period.
Asansol is home to the oldest electric locomotive shed of Indian Railways. It houses WAP-4, Indian locomotive class WAG-5 and Indian locomotive class WAM-4 and Indian locomotive class WAG-7.
Established in 1925, Asansol Division is one of the oldest divisions of Indian Railways. On the Howrah-Delhi main line, its jurisdiction extends from the distant signal of Khana junction to the distant signal of Jhajha . On the Grand Chord line its jurisdiction extends up to the distant signal of Pradhankhunta. Branch lines under its jurisdiction are: Andal-Sainthia, Andal-Tapasi-Barabani-Sitarampur, Madhupur-Giridih, Jasidih-Baidyanathdham and Jasidih-Dumka. With a total of 565 route kilometers, the division has quadruple lines (two up and two down line) from Khana to Sitarampur. It handles 100 mail/express trains daily and 212 passenger train runs per day. The number of originating passengers per day is 144,070.
Asansol is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway. 152 trains (including weeklies and bi-weeklies) originate
pass through Asansol railway station. All trains including Sealdah Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani, Howrah Duronto, Sealdah Humsafar Express, Yuva Express and Shalimar Duronto stops at Asansol Junction except Sealdah Duronto and Howrah Rajdhani Express Via Patna
Asansol railway station has three double-bedded AC retiring rooms, two double-bedded non-AC retiring rooms and an eight-bedded dormitory. Escalators are present at platform no. 2 & 7. WiFi service also available here. Food Plaza available in station premises and open 24/7. It also has an air-conditioned Premium Lounge for upscale passengers.
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