Mumbai Railways – Bombay Railway

June 5, 2006 · Posted in India 

Mumbai Railways – Bombay Rail
Mumbai Railways – Bombay Rail

Chugging Along: Mumbai’s Local Trains

The suburban section of the Indian Railways replicates the ‘breathing’ of Mumbai. Thousands of people schedule their lives as perthe local train timings. It is literally the lifeline of this megacity. The suburban railway system is divided into three main segments – Central, Western and Harbour.

The Port of Mumbai operates its own railway, running between Ballard Pier and Wadala. This is linked to the Central and Western Railways the Interchange Railway Yard at Wadala.

The Central Railway operates the biggest suburban network in India, carrying overthree million passengers everyday on 1079 trains, spanning 66 stations. These trains start from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (C.S.T), previously known as ‘Victoria Terminus’ or ‘Mumbai VT’.

The Western Railway locals begin their long journey from Churchgate
station, and travel north to Virar; and the Harbour Line, which is
operated by the Central Railway, also originates from C.S.T.


Both the Western and Central Railways have introduced a system to help passengers avoid long lines to buy tickets. They can opt for the ‘coupon book,’ which contains various denominations of tickets. These coupons can be punched at the validating machines placed near ticket counters. The coupon books cost around Rs 30/- or Rs 50/-.

Mumbai Local Trains > Facts

1. Trains do not run between 1 :30 am and 4:30 am
2. There are fast and slow locals.
3. The fast locals stop only at the main stations and slow trains stop at all stations.
4. Electronic indicators at all stations provide information on train
destinations and on whether the trains are fast or slow.
5. The ticket window clerk will also guide you about the platform from where you can get your train.
6. There are two class compartments available on all suburban trains: I and II class compartments.
7. Children under five years can travel free. Children under 12 are charged half the adult fare.
8. Trains stop at suburban stations for about 10 seconds, so make sure you’re prepared in advance for boarding or getting out of the train.
9. There are special compartments available for ladies.

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