Sh. MANDEEP SINGH BHATIA
STATION NAMES WITH CODE & KILOMETERE
SIGNALLING SYSTEM MAP
Ambala is one of the prestigious divisions of Northern Railway. Created on 01.07.1987, it serves five States i.e. Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Union Territory of Chandigarh.The Division enjoys a unique position on Indian Railways with Capitals of three States (Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh) and one Union Territory (Chandigarh) falling under its jurisdiction.
There are 135 stations on the Division with a total track kilometerage of 2,201.49 (BG-2065.17 + NG-136.32), 3010 (845 on KLK-SML section) Bridges and 102 Tunnels (all in Kalka - Shimla Section). The terrain being hilly, the Division is having steep gradient of 1 in 200 in Ropar - Nangaldam Section, NLDM-AADR 1 in 100, 1 in 150 in Ambala - Chandigarh section, 1 in 40 in Chandigarh - Kalka section and the steepest of all is 1 in 25.25 (ruling gradient) in Kalka - Shimla N.G. section.
Kalka Shimla Railway (Popularly known as KSR) is a proud possession of the Division. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, KSR is a living example of the engineering enterprise of the 19th century.Built in 1903 to connect Shimla, the then summer capital of India at an altitude of 2,076 meters, KSR offers a panoramic feast to the tourists and presents the Grandeur of the picturesque Himalayas in Shivalik Foot hills at Kalka to several important points such as Dharampur, Solan, Kanda Ghat, Taradevi, Barog, Salogra and Summer Hill & Shimla.
Division is a freight oriented Division loading mainly food grains, tractors, cement container and fertilizer. The division also handles container traffic of Container Corporation of India and of few private operators.With the Division falling in the prosperous part of the country, there is heavy inward traffic consisting of cement, fertilizer, coal, iron & steel, gypsum etc.There are thirty two terminals handling outward traffic of food grain, most of them located on Rajpura-Bathinda and Ludhiana-Hisar sections. NFL, Nangal Dam and Bathinda are the terminals handling outward traffic of fertilizer and Kiratpur, Ropar and Bharatgarh for cement. The major terminals handling inward traffic are the five Power Plants at Ropar, Lehra Mohabbat, Barwala, Sarai Banjara and Kalanaur (Haryana) for Coal, Chandigarh and Mandi Govindgarh for Iron & Steel. There are 36 goods shed on the Division for loading/unloading.
Division has great strategic importance from military point of view. There are 02 Core HQ viz Ambala Cantt & Bathinda cantt and Chandimandir is HQ of Western Command. There are 11 Military sidings over Ambala Division.
The Division handles approx. 2.0 Crore passengers daily, mainly at five major stations i.e. Saharanpur, Ambala Cantt, Bathinda, Kalka and Chandigarh. In addition, Jagadhri, Patiala, Sirhind and Rajpura also handle substantial passenger traffic. The passenger traffic on the Division largely consists of the unreserved segment and the reserved segment is mainly confined to Saharanpur, Kalka, Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt. and Bathinda.
Division has 48 computerized P.R.S. Centres. Ambala Cantt and Chandigarh are being developed as World Class stations. There are 14 Model stations, out of which, 10 nominated as Modern stations, which are provided with all the stipulated passengers & rail user amenities. Upgradation and modernization of the amenities at the stations is a constant endeavor of the Division.
Division has 14,514 employees. A lot of emphasis is being given on staff welfare. Division is upto date with the cases of appointments on compassionate ground, redeployment of medically de-categorized staff and in making timely payment of the settlement dues and filling up vacancies under promotional quota.
KALKA SHIMLA SECTION
Ambala Division is the proud custodian of "WORLD HERITAGE SITE-KALKA SHIMLA RAILWAY". The heritage status to KSR was awarded on 10th July, 2008 by UNESCO.
Shimla (then spelt Simla) was settled by the British shortly after the first Anglo- Gurkha war and is located at 7,116 feet(2,169m) in the foothills of the Himalaya. By the 1830s, Shimla had already developed as a major base for the British. It became the summer capital of British India in 1864, and also the Headquarters of the British army in India. The Kalka- Shimla Railway was built to connect Shimla, the summer capital of India during the British Raj, with the Indian rail system.