Itarsi Junction (station code: ET) is a railway station in Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh which passes more than 330 trains through it. It falls under the West Central Railway zone of Indian Railways network. It is located 18 kilometres (11 mi) away from Hoshangabad by train, and by road it is 20 kilometers. Trains from Central Railway undergo engine changes here i.e. electric engines of WAP/WAM/WAG class are changed to diesel engines of WDP/WDM/WDG class and vice versa. These changes happen for trains which pass through Jabalpur-Katni-Satna railway line and sometimes for trains which pass through Bhopal.
Structure and location
The railway station of Itarsi consist of total 8 platforms. The platform is well furnished to meet up with all the passenger needs and demands.
Itarsi Junction Railway station is very well connected with rail routes from all four sides. Thus the trains for almost all the Indian destinations such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kanpur, Patna, Indore, Bhopal, Jhansi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Agra, Allahabad, Bareily, Dehradun, Jammu, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Ratlam, Ujjain, Rajkot, Surat, Bhuj, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Mysore, Trivandrum, Coimbatore, Ernakulum, Kottayam, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Puri, Bhuwaneswar, Guwahati, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Kannur and others are easily available.
The tracks on the junction are such that they provide a vast connection to all the four directions.To the north lies the important capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. To the east lies another railway junction Jabalpur. To the southwest lies Khandwa and Bhusawal, and to the southeast lies Amla Jn., Betul and Nagpur. The station always holds heavy over-traffic as the trains on the Howrah–Allahabad–Mumbai line and Jhansi – Bhopal Jn. – Nagpur routes cross at Itarsi.