The city of Mumbai is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. However, what makes this city extremely unique as compared to many others in the world is its well organized transportation system. So be it buses, taxis, rickshaws, or trains this city is extremely well connected by all of these modes of transport. Now, the railway network (i.e. trains) is said to be the “lifeline” of this city, and comprises of a number of railway stations. And so, here is presenting a list of 10 major railway stations in Mumbai that one needs to know about.
a. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST):
Considered to be a “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) situated in South Mumbai. Furthermore, this railway station comprises of a total of 18 platforms. Out of which 7 platforms provides for local train services, while 11 platforms provides intercity train services. In terms of the local train services, this station is divided into two railway lines which include the “Central” and “Harbour”. In addition, it was in 2013 that air conditioned dormitories comprising of 58 beds for men and 20 beds for women were introduced at this station.
b. Churchgate Railway Station:
Located in the South of Mumbai is an important and extremely busy railway station known as Churchgate. This station is situated on the western line of the “Mumbai Suburban Railway” network. Furthermore, this station also houses the headquarters of the Western Railway. At this station one can catch a train after every 10 minutes. In addition, the first train departs this station for Virar at 4 am while, the last train does so for Borivali at 1 am. This station comprises of six platforms and six railway tracks.
c. Mumbai Central Railway Station:
Designed by Claude Batley, a British architect is the Mumbai Central Railway Station. Situated on the western line of the “Mumbai Suburban Railway” this station comprises of 9 platforms, of which 5 provides for outstation train services while, 4 are for local train services. Apparently, according to the Times of India in 1930 it is said that the name “Bombay Central” was inspired by the “Grand Central Terminal” situated in New York City. The popular “Mumbai Rajdhani Express” departs from this railway station to New Delhi.
d. Dadar Railway Station:
Connected to both the “western and central railway line” is the Dadar Railway Station. According to census conducted in 2016-17 about 211, 888 passengers travel from this station on a daily basis. Furthermore, this station also provides for outstation train services. In addition, the central as well as the western railway lines comprise of a total of 14 platforms. This station was officially first inaugurated in the year 1968.
e. Bandra Railway Station:
Located on the western line, and consisting of about 7 platforms is the Bandra Railway Station. Furthermore, this station is connected to the western line as well to the harbour line. In addition, in close proximity to this station lies “Bandra Terminus” which provides for outstation train services. This railway station building is shaped in the form of a canopy which adds to its charm.
f. Andheri Railway Station:
Connected to the “Mumbai Metro” is the Andheri Railway Station. This station is linked to the harbour as well as to the western line. Furthermore, it is considered to be “one of the busiest stations” in the city. Apparently, a statistic states that about 99.6 million passengers travelled from this station in 2016-17. It was in the year 2014 that approximately Rs 103 crore was spent to redevelop Andheri station along with Goregaon and Jogeshwari.
g. Borivali Railway Station:
The Borivali Railway Station is the “final city limit stop for all mail and express trains”. It lies on the Western line and comprises of 9 tracks and 9 rails. As per information revealed under the RTI (Right to information) Act about 2.87 lakh passengers commute from this railway station on a daily basis. Furthermore, this station is connected to Churchgate in the south and Dahanu Road in the north.
h. Ghatkopar Railway Station:
An average of about 35,000 tickets is supposedly sold at a railway station known as Ghatkopar situated on the Central line in the city of Mumbai. Furthermore, a 2014 statistic mentions that approximately 465,000 passengers made use of this station on a daily basis in the year. This railway station which was inaugurated in the year 1877 is directly connected via a skywalk with the “Mumbai Metro” rail line.
i. Thane Railway Station:
Considered to be the “busiest” after “Andheri and Kalyan” is the Thane Railway Station. According to a 2013 statistic, about 243,000 passengers travel from this railway station on a day-to-day basis. Furthermore, this railway station comprises of 10 platforms, and provides for local train serves as well as for outstation train services. In addition, about 1000 trains arrive at this station every day.
j. Kurla Railway Station:
Considered to be the one of the “oldest” in the city of Mumbai is the Kurla Railway Station. It basically connects to the Central as well as to the Harbour line. Historically speaking, this station was also once a part of the “Great Indian Peninsular Railway” (GIPR) section that began from Mumbai and ended at Thane. Furthermore, this section was officially opened in the year 1853. In addition, this station comprises of 8 platforms. Train services from this station to Reay Road (Harbour Line) were officially made public on 12th December 1910.