Gorakhpur Railway Station – The Longest Platform in the World

Avatar

/ published 5 months ago

Gorakhpur Railway Station – The Longest Platform in the World

With its length of 1366.33m, the Gorakhpur Railway station boosts the longest railway platform in the world

India is known for having long platforms. In fact, the 3 longest railway platforms in the world are located in India, and none is longer than the Uttar Pradesh platform. With its length of 1366.33m, the Gorakhpur Railway station boosts the longest railway platform in the world.

The other 2 are Kollam Junction, Kerala, which is 1180.5 meters long, and the Kharagpur, West Bengal, which is 1072.5 meters long.

The railway station serves as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, offering Class A-1 railway station facilities.

History

Up until 2013, the Kollam Junction was the longest railway platform in the world. But everything changed when on October 6, 2013, the new railway platform was open. Gorakhpur railway platform is part of the Gonda Loop, running between Gorakhpur and Gonda, which was constructed by the Bengal and North Western Railway between 1886 and 1905. This is a 135 mile long line, and it is just one of the many crossing through the platform. Others include the 79 mile Kaptangani-Siwan, which was opened in 1913, and the 25 mile Nautanwa branch line which was opened in 1925.



Conversion to broad gauge started with the Gorakhpur-Siwan section in 1981, followed by the Paniyahwa section in 1991.

Nowadays, the Gorakhpur Railway station serves as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway.

Frequency

Gorakhpur is among the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways. The platform handles more than 189 trains on a daily basis. The railway station is connected to other platform handling large numbers of passengers like the Kanpur Central, Varanasi Junction, Mughalsarai, and Mathura Junction.


The city of Gorakhpur

The Gorakhpur railway station might be the longest, but it is not the only railway station within the city limits. In fact, there are 10 railway stations within the city’s limits. Those are Gorakhpur Junction, Gorakhpur Cantt, Domingarh, Kushmi, Nakaha jungle, Maniram, Sahjanwa, Unaula, Sihapar, and Jagatbela.

The city is located along the banks of Rapti river in the Eastern part of the Uttar Pradesh state in India. Close to the Nepal border, the road route to Nepal from India actually passes through the city.

The geographical shape of the city is of bowl, surrounded by the river and other small streams from three sides. The east part is associated with Sal Forests, a major tourist attraction.

Gorakhpur is home to many record setting attractions, including the world’s largest publisher of Hindu religious texts, the Gita Press. Name of the city derives from the ascetic Guru Gorakhshnath, a saint that popularized Hast Yoga, form of yoga focusing on mastering natural power.

From Around the Web

Related Videos

Social
heathrow airport
youtube icon
46:08
New

If you have ever been to a big airport, you’ve noticed the abundance of people there. Some airports are just busier than others, and there are many factors behind that. For...

  • 32
  • 1 day ago
  • Not Rated
Social
teaching documentary
youtube icon
01:08:08

Many people will tell you that being a teacher is the best job in the world. But it is also one of the more demanding and challenging.Any time you have to deal with young chi...

  • 293
  • 4 weeks ago
  • Not Rated
Social
origin of internet
youtube icon
01:35:51

The Internet, or the World Wide Web, was created in 1969. Created by the United States Department of Defense, it originally served as a means of secure communication.Nowadays...

  • 324
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
Social
communication techniques
youtube icon
58:20

We communicate on a daily basis with different people, different species, and different objects. We even communicate with the furniture at our home. Communication is critical...

  • 325
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
Related Articles
At the time of the disaster, the Soviet Union did not want to alert the Western World, and waited 36 hours for evacuatio...
  • 197
  • 1 week ago
There are 25 minorities in Yunnan, 25 of which have more than 5,000 members. Among them, 16 are indigenous. The biggest ...
  • 253
  • 3 weeks ago
Facebook was launched in 2004, at a time when MySpace was still the King of the social media. Younger people also used H...
  • 272
  • 3 weeks ago
Mosuo tribe families consist of 10 or more members, but all of the real estate and property is in the hands of the woman...
  • 728
  • 3 months ago