The Konkan Railway is the prominent railway zone of the Indian Railway that stretches all along the length of coastal line. It extends from Mangalore in Karnataka to Mumbai covering Goa, along the Western Ghats and west coast of India.
The entire route comprising of 740 kilometres was organized into seven sectors including Mahad, Ratnagiri South, Kudal, Ratnagiri North, Panaji, Udupi and Karwar. Each such sector is managed by a chief engineer and consists of 100 km.
Konkan Railway station is not structured into various divisions like other zones of the Indian Railway, however it is divided into two regions including Ratnagiri headquarter in Maharashtra and Karwar headquarter in Karnataka. Of these Ratnagiri regions extends from Roha to Sawantwadi covering the distance of 380 Kms while the Karwar region extends from Pernem in Goa to Thokur in Karnataka covering the distance of 360 Kms.
Barkur Railway station is a non electrified, single line track whose total length is 738 Kms. This route is release for both freight and passenger traffic. This line provides the breathtaking spectacle and spectacular scenes while running parallel to the Arabian Sea coastline. The Konkan railway route passes through the national highway NH-17 at several places.
The Konkan railway route presents significant value to the customers in terms of offering access to unaccessible regions as well as considerable savings in commuting time. It is very popular in western and southern India. Numerous trains are diverted nowadays via the Konkan Railway, leading to a decline in travelling time.
The Konkan Railway Zone is also infamous for the various difficulties faced by it including the hostile terrain and unfavorable weather conditions of the Konkan region. In 1998, it encountered the problems during the monsoon which led to disrupted services and washed away tracks because of landslides at many places and heavy torrential rains.