The station is sometimes called the Jabalpur main station. Jabalpur serves as the headquarters of the West Central Railway zone and is one of the busiest railway stations in Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur being the third largest city of Madhya Pradesh and with no suburban railway system caused the British to build 10 different railway stations across the city to manage the railway traffic and passengers across the city.
The Jabalpur station is one of the major stations in the Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai line (via Bhusawal, Khandwa, Itarsi, Katni, Allahabad, Mughal Sarai, Dhanbad) and construction is under progress for Jabalpur-Nagpur narrow gauge conversion to broad gauge.
Structure and Location
The railway station of Jabalpur is located on broad gauge line and is a terminus for a narrow gauge line. It consists of 6 broad gauge platforms and 1 narrow gauge platform.
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The Jabalpur Junction is a broad gauge station. It is connected with Katni to the north east, Itarsi to the south west. On 1 October Narrow gauge line stop working as per order of railway ministry hence this rail route is converting as Jabalpur Nagpur broad gauge line. Within state, it is well connected to Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior Junction, Indore, Khandwa, Ratlam and Bina. In the 2011-2012 Railway Budget, a new line up to Sagar via Udaipura is proposed for survey.
The Itarsi-Jabalpur-Cheoki, 603 km long route, was approved for electrification in the previous Rail Budgets. ALD-KTE and STA-REWA route has already been electrified. It is estimated that Electrification will be completed very soon in Jabalpur periphery too. Although the project is expected to complete in 2017, the zone has showed signs of commencing Electric locos on the KTE-STA route very soon.