West Central Railway Zone is one of the 16 zones of the Indian Railways.
The newly carved West Central Railway Zone with its headquarters at Jabalpur comprises of Jabalpur and Bhopal divisions of erstwhile Central Railway and Kota division of erstwhile Western Railway. The formal gazette notification announcing the formation of this new zonal railway was issued on 4th July 2002 by the Ministry of Railway, Govt. of India.
Important stations served by this railway include Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota, Habibganj, Itarsi, Bina, Vidisha, Ganjbasoda, Hoshangabad, Harda, Guna, Katni, Satna, Saugor, Maihar, Narsinghpur, Madanmahal, Pipariya, Damoh, Sawai Madhopur, Gangapur city, Bharatpur, Ramganj Mandi, Baran, Chau Mahla, Shri Mahavirji etc. West Central Railway has a fair balance of passenger and freight traffic. On the freight side the most important originating traffic is of cement which is loaded in Satna-Rewa cluster of Jabalpur division. Lakheri, Dadhdevi, Morak stations of Kota division. Other originating commodities handled include bauxite, limestone, dolomite and clinker on Jabalpur division, LPG and POL on Bhopal division fertifilizer on Kota and Bhopal divisions, deoiled cake on Bhopal and Jabalpur divisions and food grain on Bhopal division. The daily average loading of this Railway is about 1280 Eight wheeler wagons, the annual originating revenue earning loading is approximately 29 million tones whereas the originating annual goods earning is approximate rupees. 1811.85 crores. On the passenger side this railway deals with 376 no. of mail express and 96 no of passenger trains including 7+1 pair of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains and 2 pair of Jan-Shatabdi trains. Approx. 109 million passengers originate their journey every year on this railway giving a passenger earning of approx. Rs. 600.45 crores. After accounting for other coaching earnings including parcel traffic of Rs. 46.03 crores the overall total annual earning of this railway comes to approx Rs. 2504crores.
West Central Railway has two major marshalling yards at New Katni Jn. And Itarsi Jn. It also has three electric loco sheds at New Katni, Itarsi and Tuglakabad with a total fleet of 349 electric locomotives and two diesel loco sheds at New katni and Itarsi with a total fleet of 349 diesel locomotives to keep the traffic moving on its routes, To keep the fleet of nearly 700 locomotives in good fettle all the time is a mammoth task and a challenge which is successfully met by this railway. In addition there is a coach repair workshop at Bhopal and a wagon workshop at Kota which are engaged in the activity of heavy repairs to passenger coaches and POH of goods wagons especially of oil tank wagons.
This railway has a total officers and staff strength of 58730(On Roll) who are responsible to ensure that the wheel of the rail is always moving. They work round the clock with sincerity and devotion to fulfill the aspirations of people from Harot to Mahakoshal and from Malwa to Bundelkhand. If you are fond of the call of jungle then W. C. Railway promises to take you to national reserve forests of Kanha-Kisli, Bandhavgrh, Ranthambore, and Shivpur and bird sanctuary of bharatpur. If you wish to enjoy the scenic beauty of hills then visit Pachmarhi. If you have interest in historical monuments then plan your trip of Khajuraho, Sanchi or Bhimbetka. If you are religious minded you may like to pay homage at Maa Sharda Devi Temple at Maihar, Shri Raj Rajeshwari temple at Shridham, Mahdev Temple near Bandakpur, jain temple at shri Mahavirji or Birla Temple at Bhopal or Nagda. For leisure tourism one may think of pleasant boating between marble rocks near Jabalpur or visit Kota and bundi forts.