The Central Railway of Indian Railways is one of the largest among the 16 railway zones. The headquarters of the Central Railway is located at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. There are five divisional headquarters of Central Railway including Mumbai Division, Bhusawal Division, Nagpur Division, Solapur Division and Pune Division
The central railway stretches over the larger parts of the Maharashtra state and portions of North-Eastern Karnataka and Southern Madhya Pradesh. The Central Indian Railway boasts of the nation’s first ever and foremost passenger railway line that was started on April 16, 1853 and extends from Bombay to Thane districts.
The Central railway came into existence on November 5, 1951 as a result of reorganization of the Indian Railways. It was formed by incorporating several government-owned railways, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway and the Scindia State Railway of Gwalior.
Initially the Central Railway zone included northern Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and portions of southern Uttar Pradesh making it the biggest railway zone in India considering the area, track mileage and staff. Later on, in April 2003, it was structured into the new West Central Railway zone.
Some of the important Central Indian Railway Routes comprises of Mumbai CST – Dadar – Kurla – Kalyan – Manmad – Bhusawal – Wardha – Nagpur, Pune-Miraj-Kolhapur, Bhusawal-Khandwa, Kalyan – Neral – Lonavala – Pune – Daund – Solapur – Wadi, Daund-Manmad, Nagpur-Amla-Itarsi and Wardha-Ballarsha
There are numerous noteworthy trains on this route which connects some major stations in Central Railway like Deccan Queen connecting Pune – Mumbai, Maharastra Express connecting Kolahpur – Gondia, Pushpak Express connecting Mumbai – Lucknow, Vidarbha Express connecting Mumbai – Nagpur, Konark Express connecting Bhubaneshwar – Mumbai, Gitanjali Express connecting Mumbai – Kolkata, etc
Neral to Matheran Line was constructed in 1907. It links Neral on the Mumbai-Pune main line to hill station of Matheran located in the Western Ghats. Neral is connected to the Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by numerous suburban electric trains. The route is renowned for its breathtaking and sharp curves.