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Top 20 Railway Stations of Pakistan

Pakistan railway which was first found in 1861 has experience many down falls from the time of independence till….

Pakistan railway which was first found in 1861 has experience many down falls from the time of independence till yet. However, it is been claimed by the Pakistani government that orange line is the greatest project of infrastructure to gear up the pace of transportation development. However, the existing ignored and miserable railway stations of Pakistan are still looking forward even to get a little bit attention by the high officials. But still we can get hope from some of the functional and upgraded railway stations of the country which are the source of commuter’s affordable transportation.

We’re highlighting the present condition and facilities been offered by top 20 railway stations of Pakistan.

Railway Stations of Pakistan

1. Lahore Railway Station

Although, it’s bit bearable to stay in the crowd of passengers on platforms, but it’s feels like a sea of masses is driving you and you have no need to walk on platforms on events on railway platform of Lahore. Thus, there is no proper space for staying and get a comfortable ambiance on Lahore railway station.

This is one of the oldest Railway Station of Pakistan which was constructed in 1859 by Mian Muhammad Sultan Chughtai. It is located on Empress Road Lahore. It is owned by the Ministry of Railways.

It has:

  • 11 Tracks
  • 11 Platforms

Facilities Available here:

Lahore Railway Station is one of the oldest and biggest railway stations of Pakistan. It provides all the basic as well as some advanced facilities to the  passengers. Some of them are:

  • Ticketing service
  • Restrooms for passengers
  • Waiting areas
  • Local and International fast food chains
  • Provides the facility of advance reservation
  • Retail shops on main platforms
  • Parcel facilities
  • Restaurants like Pizza Hut and McDonalds
  • Local food chain restaurants

 2. Railway Station of Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Railway station is in the area of Saddar Rawalpindi, Punjab.

It is owned by Ministry of Railways

Facilities:

  • Free Wifi service
  • Mobile charging facility
  • Purified water facility
  • Tuck shops
  • Fast food is also available here

 3. Railway Station of Sukkur

Sukkur Railway Station is an old station of Sindh’s city Sukkur. It is also known as “Lora station’. It is located near the famous Ayub gate, Sukkur. It is owned by the Ministry of Railways. Three basic trains departure from here namely:

Jaffer Express, Akbar Bugti Express, and Sukkur Express.

Facilities:

  • Waiting rooms for passengers
  • Computerized ticket reservation system
  • Food stalls, tuck shops
  • Drinking water

 4. Railway Station of Attock Khurd

This Railway Station is located in Attock city which is at the North of Punjab, Pakistan.

This station is the last on in Punjab Province. In 2007, this station was officially considered as the National Heritage Site of Pakistan.

Facilities:

  • Waiting area for passengers
  • A few food stalls

 5. Railway Station of Quetta

Quetta Railway station is the oldest Railway station which was built when Punjab and Delhi Railway was being constructed in 1880 by British. It is located on Zarghun Road, Quetta, Baluchistan. It is the main and largest railway station of Baluchistan, owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan.

Lines:

  • Rohri-chaman Railway Line
  • Quetta-Taftan Railway Line

Facilities:

  • Waiting rooms
  • Food shops
  • Easy load service
  • Drinking water for passengers

6. Railway Station of Golra Sharif

This station is on Golra Road Islamabad. It lies in the Southwest Islamabad. This station was established in 1882.  It is owned by the Ministry of Railways. The building has a Victorian architecture. It has 5 big halls. It has a Railway Heritage museum as well which fascinates of many passengers and tourists. This station is maintained well and captures the attention of so many people.

Facilities:

  • Food stalls
  • Waiting rooms
  • Historical museum
  • Tea stalls
  • Clean drinking water facility

 7. Railway Station of Faisalabad

Faisalabad railway station is located on Rajbah Road near Railway Colony.  It is a large railway station with seven platforms. It is owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan.

Facilities:

  • Parking lot
  • Waiting for rooms
  • Reservation office with a computerized system
  • Food stalls
  • Book stalls
  • Parcel and cargo services

8. Railway Station of Bahawalpur

Bahawalpur railway station is a large station between the Karachi-Peshawar line.

It is owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan. The main train routes are Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Multan , Quetta.

Facilities:

  • Reservation offices for current and advanced bookings.
  • Waiting rooms
  • Food stalls
  • Public Toilets

 9. Railway Station of Mirpur Khas

This station is a j unction which is located in the middle of Mirpur Khas, Sindh. It is the 4th largest Railway station of Pakistan. It is near the Indian Border. It is a major platform between Pakistan and Indian railway track. It is owned by Ministry of Railways.

Facilities:

  • Booking office
  • Security camera
  • Waiting halls for passengers
  • Tuck shops
  • Drinking water facility

10. Railway Stations of Gujranwala

Gujranwala is the 5th largest city of Pakistan which has 3 railway stations. One in the main city, another one in Gujranwala Cantt and the third one in Gujranwala village area. The main station of the city has 4 platforms. All the three stations provide the basic facilities to passengers. These stations are owned by Ministry of Railway.

Facilities:

  • Waiting halls
  • Food stalls
  • Newspaper Stalls
  • Security camera
  • Public toilets

 11. Railway Station of Rahim Yar Khan

This station is in the city of Punjab Province, Rahim Yar Khan. The station is very old and needs much maintenance and renovation. Although the building is huge but there are not much facilities for passengers. The waiting rooms are very old and needs to be painted. Owned by Ministry of Railway. Main routes are Quetta, Lahore, Sargodha, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Hyderabad, Karachi, Multan, Peshawar, Jhung.

Facilities:

  • Basic food stalls
  • Public toilets
  • Ticket reservation room

12. Railway Station of Gujrat

This station is located in the city of Pakistan, Gujrat. The real actual location is

Staff Galla Gujrat ,Punjab.  The trains which departure from here are Margalla Express, Jaffar Express, Awam Express, Khyber Mail, Subak Kharam, Pakistan Express, Tezgam Express and Subak Raftar. This station is under the Ministry of Railway Pakistan.

Facilities:

  • Tuck shops
  • Drinking water  facility
  • Public toilets

 13. Railway Station of Hyderabad

This is a major railway station of Sindh. It is actually a junction station. It has the following lines Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line, Hyderabad-Badin branch Line, Hyderabad-Khokhrapar Branch Line. It has 5 platforms and 8 tracks. It is owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan.

Facilities:

  • Tuck shop facility
  • Book stalls
  • Drinking water facility

 14. Railway Station of Okara

Okara railway station has recently been renovated. The trains are now more lavish and clean. It is owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan.

Facilities:

  • Waiting halls
  • Tuck shops
  • Book stalls
  • Air-conditioned mosque
  • Drinking water facility
  • Computerized booking system

15. Railway Station of Sahiwal

Sahiwal railway station is located in Jagga Gujjar colony Sahiwal. Sahiwal is in Punjab.

Station code is SWAL. It is between Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line. It is owned by Ministry of Railway Pakistan. It is still under renovation process under Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed’s supervision.

Facilities:

  • Taxi and rRickshaw stand for passengers ease
  • A few food stalls
  • Public toilets

16. Khushab Railway Station

Khushab is the District of Punjab province. After the earthquake of 2008, the valued assets are getting rusted. Hence, the passengers are deprived of the cheapest transportation facility here.

17. Jauharabad Railway Station

Jauharabad is the District head quarter of District Khushab in Punjab province. Similar to Khushab railway station, Jauharabad railway station is also not functional since 2008 and the station is becoming like an archaeological site day by day which depicts its true misery.

18. Quaidabad Railway Station

It’s the administrative subdivision of the district of Khushab. If the main district of Quaidabad, Khushab is suffering with a shutter-down situation of its railway then how can we expect something from Quaidabad railway station. It saw no hustle bustle of commuters for last 9 years.

19. Rahim Yar Khan Railway Station

Narrating a story of misery, the railway station of Rahim Yaar Khan is ignored and unable to provide proper facilities to commuters.

20. Shikarpur Railway Station

Shikarpur is a small city and also a capital of Shikarpur District. Its railway station got burnt in 2009 by the local people as an out product of their aggression on the murder of Chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party, Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

A spoon of thought

Indian railway has become the best railway of the world, and the credit goes to their political interest free initiatives regarding the development projects of railway department. In Pakistan, the misery of debts address the performance of system on the back of the railway department.

Pakistan railway is facing the load of debt 21 billion PKR every year. Commission mafia is in full swing to drown Pakistan railway department. Experts of the view that repairing and even manufacturing the engines at national scale can revive the department in vital and systematic manner. The plans of bearing heavy budgeted imports should be cut down. This may bring railway out of the hole of destruction and get the railway stations of Pakistan in proper functioning.

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