The South Central Railway of Indian Railways is one of the 16 railway zones in India that is serving the south central region for past four decades. Subsequently during these years South Central Railway has made a huge progress as it has grown into a advanced transportation network and its services has successfully met the aspirations of the passengers.
The South Central Railway was created on 2nd October, 1966 when it was incorporated as the ninth zone of Indian Railways. Headquarters of South Central Railway is located at Secunderabad and it is serving various Indian states including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and some regions of Maharashtra.
South Central Railway has made a giant stride forward from days of steam engine and wooden seats to high-tech configuration along with Diesel and Electric engines, digital communication system and telescopic Passenger Coaches.
There are six South Central Railway Divisions including Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntur, Nanded, Vijayawada and Guntakal. Some of the noteworthy and significant achievements of the South Central Railway include Computerized Passenger Reservation System facility in 85 stations, National Train Enquiry System for information on train movement, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) at important stations, Passenger Operated Enquiry Terminals and Inter-active Voice Response System for rail enquiry and Railway Reservation.
Major Milestones of South Central Railways comprises of the Electric Loco Shed at South Lallaguda having ability to uphold 100 Electric Locomotives, Andhra Pradesh Express was augmented to 24 coaches in 1995 and after that Charminar Express, Godavari Express, Pinakini Express and introduction of Mango Specials (Goods Trains with mango load) in 1996.
In 2002, the first station in South Central Railway that was commissioned with complete Light Emitting Diode (LED) lit CLS is Kovvur and Rajdhani (super fast) express between Secunderabad and New Delhi was introduced. In November 2002, South Central Railway introduced first Diesel Engine with AC Cabin for Drivers.