The 135-mile (217 km) metre-gauge Gonda loop, running between Gorakhpur and Gonda, was constructed by the Bengal and North Western Railway between 1886 and 1905. The 79-mile (127 km) KaptanganjSiwan metre-gauge line was opened in 1913. The 25-mile (40 km) metre-gauge Nautanwa branch line was opened in 1925.[1]

Conversion to broad gauge started with the Gorakhpur–Siwan section in 1981. The Gorakhpur–Paniyahwa section was converted in 1991.[2] The Gorakhpur–Gonda loop was converted around 1985, and the Nautanwa branch line at about the same time. The Kaptanganj–Siwan line was converted around 2006.[3] Now Gorakhpur would have [clarification needed] three new platforms.[4] At present, Gorakhpur has the world's longest platform. [5]

Passenger movement

Gorakhpur is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.[6] It handles over 189 trains daily. This is the route which connects Bihar to Delhi, the other route which connect is Banaras route. Some of the other railway stations in Uttar Pradesh handling large numbers of passengers are Kanpur Central, Varanasi Junction, Mathura Junction and Mughalsarai.


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  2. ^ "Varanasi Division at a Glance". North Eastern Railway. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gorakhpur gets world's largest railway platform". The Times of India, 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gorakhpur railway station's remodelling in final stage". The Times of India, 2 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Dinda, Archisman (9 October 2013). "Uttar Pradesh gets world's longest railway platform". GulfNews.com. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2013.