Delhi Junction railway station

Delhi Government of Delhi Chandni Chowk

Delhi Junction
Express train and Passenger train Station
Old Delhi Railway Station (DLI).jpg
LocationBetween Chandni Chowk and Kashmiri Gate (Delhi)
Coordinates28°39′40″N 77°13′40″E / 28.6610°N 77.2277°E / 28.6610; 77.2277Coordinates: 28°39′40″N 77°13′40″E / 28.6610°N 77.2277°E / 28.6610; 77.2277
Elevation218.760 metres (717.72 ft)
Other information
Station codeDLI
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Delhi
Opened1864; 156 years ago (1864)
ClosedAll trains are cancelled till 3rd May due to COVID-19
Rebuilt1903; 117 years ago (1903)
Electrified1967; 53 years ago (1967)
Delhi Junction is located in Delhi
Delhi Junction
Delhi Junction
Location within Delhi

Delhi Junction, also known as Old Delhi Railway Station (station code: DLI), is the oldest railway station of Delhi city and a Junction station. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India in terms of frequency. Around 250 trains start, end, or pass through the station daily. It was established near Chandni Chowk in 1864 when trains from Howrah, Calcutta started operating up to Delhi. Its present building was constructed by the British Indian government in the style of the nearby red-colored fort and opened in 1903. It has been an important railway station of the country and preceded the New Delhi Railway Station by about 60 years. Chandni Chowk underground station of the Delhi Metro is near it.


The station started with a broad gauge train from Calcutta in 1864. Metre gauge track from Delhi to Rewari and further to Ajmer was laid in 1873 by Rajputana State Railway and metre gauge trains from this station started in 1876.

The present building of the station was built in 1900 and opened for the public in 1903. Started with just 2 platforms and 1000 passengers, Delhi Railway Station now handles more than 180,000 passengers and around 190 trains starts, ends, or passes through the station daily.

In 1904 the Agra-Delhi line was opened. Delhi then was a part of six railway systems. East Indian Railway, North-Western Railway, and Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway entered from Ghaziabad crossing the Yamuna river. Delhi - Panipat - Ambala Cantonment - Kalka Railway ran northwards from Delhi, and the Rajputana-Malwa Railway traversed the Delhi district for a short distance in the direction of Gurgaon and Rewari Junction.[1]

Old Delhi Junction
Delhi railway station

Delhi Railway Station was built in red stone to give the effect of nearby historic Red Fort. The station building had six clock towers and tower 4 is still in use as a water tank.

This station served as the main station of Delhi, hosting junction of four railways until the opening of New Delhi Railway Station in 1926 ahead of the inauguration of the New Delhi city in 1931. Agra-Delhi railway track cut through the site earmarked for the hexagonal War Memorial (now called India Gate) and Kingsway (now called Rajpath). East Indian Railway Company shifted the line along the Yamuna river and opened the new track in 1924.

The station was remodelled in 1934–35, when its platforms were extended and power signals were introduced.[2][3] A new entrance from Kashmere Gate side was created in 1990s and new platforms were added. The platforms were renumbered in September 2011. The numbers that started from Kashmere Gate entrance as 1A and ended at 18 near the main entrance were renumbered starting as 1 from the main entrance and ending at 16 at Kashmere Gate entrance and some platforms were merged to form long platforms to accommodate trains of 24 coaches.[4] The station building is being renovated in 2012–13.

Delhi earlier handled both broad and meter gauge trains. Since 1994, it is a purely broad gauge station, meter gauge traffic having been shifted to Delhi Sarai Rohilla Station.[5]

In 2016, Vivaan Solar, a Gwalior based company won the contract to install 2.2 MW of rooftop solar project at the railway station in late 2016. The solar power project to be set up under Public Private Partnership will be executed on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The company will also be responsible for maintenance of the plant for a period of 25 years.[6]


Railways around Delhi
to Delhi-Kalka line
to Delhi-Shamli-Saharanpur line
to Delhi-Fazilka line
204 Delhi
198 Delhi Shahdara
196 Vivek Vihar
Sadar Bazar
Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border
191 Sahibabad
184 Ghaziabad
195 New Delhi
194 Shivaji Bridge
192 Tilak Bridge
Chander Nagar
190 Pragati Maidan
Anand Vihar Terminal
188 Hazrat Nizamuddin
to Delhi-Meerut-Saharanpur line
to Delhi-Moradabad line
to Agra Chord
to Kanpur-Delhi section

Railway lines from four routes connect at the Delhi Junction:

See also


  1. ^ "Delhi District: Trade and communications". The Imperial Gazetteer of India, Vol. 11. Oxford at Clarendon Press. 1909. p. 229.
  2. ^ "A fine balance of luxury and care". Hindustan Times. 21 July 2011. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ "When Railways nearly derailed New Delhi". Hindustan Times. 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013.
  4. ^[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Northern Railways / Indian Railways Portal". Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "NORTHERN RAILWAYS TO INSTALL 5 MW ROOFTOP SOLAR IN FOUR OF ITS STATIONS". Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.