"Howrah Junction", more popularly known as "Howrah Station", is the oldest and largest railway complex in India, serving the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata. This is the current Howrah station building including 15 platform tracks.
On 3 March 1969, the first Rajdhani Express left Howrah Junction for New Delhi.
The South Eastern Railway (India), operates local trains to Amta, Mecheda, Panskura, Haldia, Tamluk, Medinipur and Kharagpur and mail and express trains to Central, West and South India. South Eastern Railway, connects with the Great Indian Peninsular Railway (GIPR) route to Mumbai and Chennai.
The Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway sections are connected by two links. One is the LiluaTikiapara link, and the other is the RajchandrapurDankuni-Maurigram link. They are used by goods trains and the Sealdah Puri Duronto Express, avoiding Howrah.
Four major rail routes end at Howrah Junction. They are the Howrah-Delhi, Howrah-Mumbai, Howrah-Chennai and Howrah-Guwahati routes.
After completion, Kolkata Metro Line 2 will pass through Howrah Junction.
The railway museum, located south of the station, displays artefacts of historical importance related to the development of Eastern Railway. For many years the ''Fairy Queen (locomotive)'', the world's oldest operational steam locomotive, was displayed on a plinth inside the station.
The station has a diesel-locomotive shed with room for 84 locomotives. The electric-locomotive shed has room for 96 locomotives. There is also an electric-trip shed with the capacity to hold up to 20 locomotives. The sheds accommodate 150+ Indian locomotive class WAP-4 , WAP 5 , and WAP 7 locomotives. The EMU-car shed has over 15 parking slots. The station has a coach maintenance complex.
Howrah Station will also get an Howrah metro station as part of Kolkata Metro Line 2 of the Kolkata Metro. It will be the deepest station on the Kolkata Metro Line 2 of the Kolkata Metro,