Guntakal Junction
Express train and Passenger train station
Guntakal Junction railway station
General information
LocationGuntakal, Andhra Pradesh
India
Coordinates15°10′30″N 77°22′01″E / 15.175°N 77.367°E / 15.175; 77.367
Elevation453 metres (1,486 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouth Central Railway
Line(s)Guntakal–Chennai line
Solapur–Guntakal section
Guntakal–Bangalore section
Guntakal–Vasco da Gama section
Guntakal–Vijayawada section
Platforms7[1]
Construction
Structure typeStandard on ground
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeGTL
Division(s) Guntakal
History
Opened1872; 152 years ago (1872)
ElectrifiedYes
Location
Guntakal Junction is located in India
Guntakal Junction
Guntakal Junction
Location in Andhra Pradesh
Guntakal Junction is located in Andhra Pradesh
Guntakal Junction
Guntakal Junction
Location in India

Guntakal Junction railway station (station code: GTL[2]) is located in Anantapur district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and serves Guntakal. It is also the headquarters of Guntakal railway division in South Central Railway. It is a junction station at the intersection point of the Mumbai–Chennai line, the Vijayawada–Marmagova line and the Guntakal–Bengaluru line.

History

During the period 1861–1871 Madras Railway extended its Chennai–Arakkonnam line to Raichuru to join the Great Indian Peninsula Railway line, thereby linking Mumbai and Chennai with a 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge line in 1871.[3]

During 1888 to 1890 Southern Maharathna Railway developed a metre-gauge line from Vijayawada to Marmagova, passing through Guntakal.[4]

The Guntakal–Bangalore line was opened in 1892–93.[5] The metre-gauge Guntakal–Mysore Frontier Railway was opened in 1893. It was operated by Southern Maharathna Railway.[6]

Electrification

Sheds

Diesel Loco Shed, Guntakal was started as a metre-gauge shed but after gauge conversions in Guntakal and Hubballi divisions a broad-gauge shed was opened in 1995. It houses WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDG-3A and WDG-4 locos. There is a coaching maintenance depot at Guntakal.[11] Since after overhaul with electric traction, Indian Railways also sanctioned electric loco shed and it holds WAG-7 class locomotives.[12]

Classification

Guntakal Junction is classified as an A–category station in the Guntakal railway division.[13] Guntakal has been selected for the Adarsh Station Scheme, a scheme for upgradation of stations by the Indian Railways.[14][15]

References

  1. ^ "Arrivals at GTL/Guntakal Junction (7 PFs)". India Rail Info. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Station Code Index" (PDF). Portal of Indian Railways. 2015. p. 45. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  3. ^ John Hurd, Ian J. Kerr, India's Railway History: A Research Handbook, page 177
  4. ^ "IR History:Early days II". 1870–1899. IRFCA. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  5. ^ W. Francis (1988). "Gazetteer of South India". Mittal Publications. p. 479. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Guntakal–Mysore Frontier Railway". fibis. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  7. ^ "South Central Railway completes electrification of Guntakal-Renigunta section". The Times of India. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Bangalore electrification commissioned".
  9. ^ Dan Templeton (17 May 2017). "Wadi-Guntakal line electrification completed". www.railjournal.com. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Two major routes under SCR electrified". The Hindu. 18 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Sheds and Workshops". IRFCA. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Guntakal division seeks funds for rail lines". 25 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Category of Stations over Guntakal Division". South Central Railway zone. Portal of Indian Railways. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Adarsh Railway Station Scheme". Press Information Bureau. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Adarsh Stations" (PDF). Portal of Indian Railways. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
Preceding station Indian Railways Following station
Nancherla
towards ?
South Central Railway zone
Mumbai–Chennai line
Timmanacherla
towards ?
Mallappa Gate
towards ?
South Central Railway zone
Vijayawada–Vasco line
Guntakal West
towards ?
Terminus South Central Railway zone
Guntakal–KSR Bengaluru line
Hanuman circle
towards ?