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.
Geographical extension of WCR on Indian Railways Map -
Jabalpur Division - Itarsi (excluding) - Manikpur (excluding) Sec., Bina (excluding) - Katni Sec. , Katni - Singrauli (excluding) Sec. & Satna - Rewa Sec.
Bhopal Division - Khandwa (excluding) - Itarsi Sec. , Itarsi - Bina Sec. , Bina - Ruthiyai Sec. , Guna - Gwalior (excluding) Sec. , Ruthiyai - Maksi (excluding) Sec. .
Kota Division - Nagda (excluding) - Mathura (excluding) Sec., Kota - Ruthiyai (excluding) Sec. , Kota - Chanderiya (excluding) Sec. .
Mumbai-Howrah route via Itarsi- Jabalpur in the west east direction and from Mathura (excluding to Nagda (excluding on Delhi-Mumbai route via Ratlam forming a part of one of the important diagonal and side of golden quadrilateral of Indian Railways.
In the north-south direction the zone has Bina (Including)-Bhopal-Itarsi (Including section of Delhi- Chennai trunk route. In addition important freight corridor of New Kati On-Line and branch line sections of Katni-Singrauli, Satna-Rewa, Jukehi-Kymore, Bina-Guna-Kota, Kota- Chanderiya (excluding) and Maksi (excluding Guna-Gwalior (excluding are also within the jurisdiction of this new zonal railway-West Central Railway caters to 39 districts (24 of M.P.13 of Rajasthan and 2 of U. P.). It has a total route kilometers of 2997 kms. (Track kilometres - 6295 kms.) of which 1627 route kms. are electrified.(Electrified Track kilometres - 3972 kms.)
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. In Financial Year 2015-16, the daily average loading of this Railway is about 1810 wagons, the annual originating revenue earning loading is approximately 41.66 million tonnes (amounting to approximately to Rs. 4026.88 crores ). On the passenger side this railway deals with 608 no. of mail express and 143 no. of passenger trains including 9+2 pair of Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains , 2 pair of Jan-Shatabdi trains, 5 pair of Garib Rath, 8 pair of Duronto Exp. & 2 pair of Suvidha Exp. Approx. 132.8 million (FY 2015-16) passengers originate their journey every year on this railway giving a passenger earning of approx. Rs. 1413 crores (FY 2015-16). After accounting for other coaching earnings including parcel traffic of Rs. 132 crores (FY 2015-16) the overall total annual earning of this railway comes to approx Rs. 5760 crores (FY 2015-16).
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 (having holding of 188 Locomotives), Itarsi ( having holding of 189 Locomotives), and Tuglakabad ( having holding of 227 Locomotives), with a total fleet of 604 electric locomotives (as on Jan. 2017) and two diesel loco sheds at New katni ( having holding of 229 Locomotives), and Itarsi ( having holding of 170 Locomotives), with a total fleet of 399 diesel locomotives (as on Jan. 2017) to keep the traffic moving on its routes, To keep the fleet of nearly 1003 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 56022 (On Roll as on Jan. 2017 ) 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.
The officers and staff of West Central Railway are resolved to fulfill the aspiration of people through their dedicated effort and team work and are committed to lead this railway in the pursuit of excellence through modernization and economy.