The Central Indian Railway (CR) is one of the oldest zones of IR (Indian Railways). It�s also one of the largest of the 16 zones bifurcated by IR (Indian Railways). Central Indian Railway holds prides for being the first passenger railway lines of India that connects Mumbai with Thane. The headquarters of CR is located in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (just before Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai. Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune, Bhusawal and Solapur are few of the main cities that fall under the territory of Central Indian Railway zone.
Central Railways covers most of the major parts of Maharashtra, southern Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka�s north east part. Central railway zone is further divided into 5 divisions namely Mumbai CST, Nagpur, Bhusawal, Pune and Solapur. Central Railway was formed on November 5, 1951 by consolidation of many government owned railways, along with Scindia State Railway and Great India Peninsula Railway. Formerly, Central zone also included southern Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh and northern Madhya Pradesh.
With so much vast area coverage, Central Railway zone was the largest with its tremendously large track mileage and staff. However, in April 2003 these areas were given to West Central Railway zone for better administration. CR is also known for its Matheran Line, which connects Neral with Matheran hill station in the Western Ghats. Punjab Mail, Deccan Queen, Gitanjali Express, Pushpak Express and Husssain Sagar are few of the notable trains that run under Central Railway management.
Other major Indian railway zones is as follows:
Eastern Indian Railways: The Eastern Railway (ER) zone is one of the important Indian Railway zones. With its headquarters in Kolkata, the Eastern Zone is divided further into four divisions namely Mald, Howrah, Asansol and Sealdah for better working.
Northern Indian Railways: It is one of the nine older zones of Indian Railways. New Delhi, the national capital of India serves as headquarters of this Indian Railway Zone.
Southern Indian Railways: This is the first zone formed after India got liberated from British Rule. Southern Indian Railway Zone was established on April 14, 1951 by combination of always of three states.
Western Indian Railways: This Indian railways zone is amongst the most hustling and lively rail networks of the country. The headquarters of Western Indian Railway is situated in Mumbai city.