Railway Zones

Indian Railway System is the National Railway System. The Government of India operated by the Ministry of Railways. The Indian Railways is divided several regional Railway Zones. Therefore the Indian Railway Zones are 73 divisions totally. A Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has each railway zone and reports to the General Manager (GM). Each zone is classified into Divisions geographically. Divisions are the basic unit of operation. Indian Railway system has present 17 Railway Zones and 68 Divisions in the Country. The Indian Railway System has 9 older Railway Zones, and recently 7 new zones have been created. In 2010, Kolkata Metro was given the status of the 17th zone of Indian Railways.Recently add new one Konkan Railway.

S.No Zone Code Zone Name Zone Head Quaters Distance (KM) No of Stations Railway Divisions
1 NR Northern Railway Delhi 6,968 KM 1142 Delhi,Ambala,Firozpur,Lucknow NR,Moradabad
2 NER North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur 3,667 KM 537 Lucknow NER,Izzatnagar,Varanasi
3 NFR Northeast Frontier Railway Guwahati 3,907 KM 690 Alipurduar,Tinsukia,Katihar,Rangiya,Lumding
4 ER Eastern Railway Sealdah 2,414 KM 576 Malda,Howrah,Sealdah,Asansol
5 SER South Eastern Railway Howrah 2,631 KM 353 Adra,Chakradharpur,Ranchi,Kharagpur
6 SCR South Central Railway Secunderabad 6,137 KM 883 Secunderabad,Hyderabad,Vijayawada,Guntakal,Guntur,Hazur Sahib Nanded
7 SR Southern Railway Chennai 6,844 KM 890 Chennai,Tiruchirappalli,Madurai,Palakkad,Thiruvananthapuram,Salem
8 CR Central Railway Mumbai 3,905 KM 612 Mumbai,Bhusawal,Pune,Solapur,Nagpur
9 WR Western Railway Mumbai 6,182 KM 1046 Mumbai WR,Ratlam,Ahmedabad,Rajkot,Bhavnagar,Vadodara
10 SWR South Western Railway Hubballi 3,177 KM 456 Hubballi,Bengaluru,Mysuru
11 NWR North Western Railway Jaipur 5,459 KM 663 Jaipur,Ajmer,Bikaner,Jodhpur
12 WCR West Central Railway Jabalpur 2,965 KM 372 Jabalpur,Bhopal,Kota
13 NCR North Central Railway Allahabad 3,151 KM 435 Allahabad,Agra,Jhansi
14 SECR South East Central Railway Bilaspur 2,447 KM 358 Bilaspur,Raipur,Nagpur SEC
15 ECoR East Coast Railway Bhubaneswar 2,572 KM 342 Khurda Road,Sambalpur,Waltair
16 ECR East Central Railway Hajipur 3,628 KM 800 Danapur,Dhanbad,Mughalsarai,Samastipur,Sonpur
17 MTP Metro Railway Kolkata 130 KM 75 NA
18 KR Konkan Railway Mumbai None

The Nine older Railway Zones

  • 1. Northern Railway (NR)
  • 2. North Eastern Railway (NER)
  • 3. Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR, sometimes NEFR)
  • 4. Western Railway (WR)
  • 5. Southern Railway (SR)
  • 6. South Central Railway (SCR)
  • 7. South Eastern Railway (SER)
  • 8. Eastern Railway (ER)
  • 9. Central Railway (CR)

The seven new zones are:

  • 1. South Western Railway (SWR) (NR)
  • 2. North Western Railway (NWR)
  • 3. West Central Railway (WCR)
  • 4. North Central Railway (NCR)
  • 5. South East Central Railway (SECR)
  • 6. East Coast Railway (ECoR)
  • 7. East Central Railway (ECR)
Deemed zones:
  • • Kolkata Metro (given zonal status Dec. 29, 2010)
  • • Konkan Railway (deemed a zone for administrative purposes)