All you need to know about Lahore Railway Station

Lahore Railway Station

Pakistan is rich in terms of cultural heritage with its number of monuments, forts, palaces and several other historical buildings that were built by empires of the past. Their preservation and maintenance are what have allowed Pakistan to stay in touch with its cultural identity. One such example is the Lahore Railway Station which was set up by the British.

The railway system in modern-day Pakistan and India is regarded as one of the most extensive and complex vestiges of colonial control.Graana.com, Pakistan’s smartest online real estate portal, takes a look at the evolution and development of the railway junction in the walled city of Lahore.

 

Location of Lahore Railway Station

The railway station is located in the heart of the walled city of Lahore. Besides serving as a thoroughfare station on Main Line 1 (ML1), it is the biggest railway station in the country.

 

History of Lahore Railway Station

 

An old image of Lahore railway station

 

Work on the Lahore Railway Station began during the colonial period. It was built just outside the Walled City, at the intersection of Empress Road, Allama Iqbal Road, and Circular Road. Mian Mohammad Sultan Chughtai, a former Mughal Empire administrator from 1859 to 1860, designed the Lahore Junction.

For many years, Lahore Junction functioned as Pakistan Railways’ headquarters and the northern terminal of the Scinde, Punjab & Delhi Railways. This was all before the country became independent. It is also one of Pakistan’s oldest railway stations.

The Lahore Railway Station has a medieval-style structure. It is surrounded by thick walls, turrets, and massive holes to direct gun and cannon fire and conduct retaliatory actions during the conflict.

The Lahore train station has a one-of-a-kind structure because it was created after the 1857 Battle of Independence. As a result, the architecture of the station was designed as a place of defence in case of potential future uprisings.

Without a doubt, the station is a relic of the huge railway network built during the British era. Pakistan Railways is currently responsible for the management of the Lahore train station.

 

Architecture & Facilities

 

Drone shot of Lahore Railway Junction

 

Lahore Railway Station was designed according to the “head house concept”, where commuters use walkway concourses and overhead steel bridges to cross the platform. Also, the walkway in a head house design is made in the centre of a building while shops and other amenities are constructed adjacent to the walls.  

The building of the junction is oriented in a North-South direction, and is rectangular in shape with two symmetrical blocks parallel to each other. Initially, the station had four railway tracks that, after the change in gauge size, were reduced to two.

Some of the essential facilities at the Lahore Junction, for the comfort of travellers, include ticketing service, waiting areas, lavatories, and food kiosks. International fast-food brands such as McDonald’s and Pizza Hut are also present here. There are also some retail spaces on platforms 1 and 2 of Lahore Railway Station. 

Furthermore, the station facilitates both on spot and advance reservations for passenger trains, as well as cargo facilities such as freight and parcels. The train station also features overhead bridges that connect the platforms across the railway lines.

Passengers also don’t have much trouble hailing a cab from the station; there are many taxis and rickshaw stands nearby. The proximity of the Lahore train station to the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) also means that you can readily use public transit options, depending on their availability and timetables.

 

Trains Originating & Terminating at the Station

 

Image of a schedule board

 

Given below is the list of trains that travel to and from Lahore at this station:

 

Code Train Name Originates Destination
1 UP Khyber Mail Express Karachi Cantt Peshawar Cantt
2 DN Khyber Mail Express Peshawar Cantt Karachi Cantt
5 UP Green Line Express Karachi Cantt Islamabad
6 DN Green Line Express Islamabad Karachi Cantt
7 UP Tezgam Express Karachi Cantt Rawalpindi
8 DN Tezgam Express Rawalpindi Karachi Cantt
9 UP Allama Iqbal Express Karachi Cantt Sialkot
10 DN Allama Iqbal Express Sialkot Karachi Cantt
13 UP Awam Express Karachi Cantt Peshawar Cantt
14 DN Awam Express Peshawar Cantt Karachi Cantt
15 UP Karachi Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
16 DN Karachi Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
23 UP Akbar Express Quetta Terminus
24 DN Akbar Express Terminus Quetta
27 UP Shalimar Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
28 Dn Shalimar Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
31 UP Jinnah Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
32 DN Jinnah Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
33 UP Pak Business Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
34 DN Pak Business Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
37 UP Fareed Express Karachi City Terminus
38 DN Fareed Express Terminus Karachi City
39 UP Jaffar Express Quetta Peshawar Cantt
40 DN Jaffar Express Peshawar Cantt Quetta
41 UP Karakoram Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
42 DN Karakoram Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
43 UP Shah Hussain Express Karachi Cantt Terminus
44 DN Shah Hussain Express Terminus Karachi Cantt
101 UP Subak Raftar Express Terminus Rawalpindi
102 DN Subak Raftar Express Rawalpindi Terminus
103 UP Subak Kharam Express Terminus Rawalpindi
104 DN Subak Kharam Express Rawalpindi Terminus
105 UP Rawal Express Terminus Rawalpindi
106 DN Rawal Express Rawalpindi Terminus
107 UP Islamabad Express Terminus Rawalpindi
108 DN Islamabad Express Islamabad Terminus
111 UP Badar Express Faisalabad Terminus
112 DN Badar Express Terminus Faisalabad
113 UP Ghouri Express Faisalabad Terminus
114 DN Ghouri Express Terminus Faisalabad
115 UP Musa Pak Express Multan Terminus
116 DN Musa Pak Express Terminus Multan
117 UP Multan Express Multan Terminus
118 DN Multan Express Terminus Multan
119 UP Faisal Express Faisalabad Terminus
120 DN Faisal Express Terminus Faisalabad
121 UP Ravi Express Shorkot Cantt Terminus
122 DN Ravi Express Terminus Shorkot Cantt
123 UP Sargodha Express Sargodha Terminus
124 DN Sargodha Express Terminus Sargodha
125 UP Lasani Express Terminus Sialkot
126 DN Lasani Express Sialkot Terminus
147 UP Mianwali Express Mari Indus Terminus
148 DN Mianwali Express Terminus Mari Indus
205 UP Babu Passenger Terminus Wazirabad
206 DN Babu Passenger Wazirabad Terminus
207 UP Waris Shah Passenger Shorkot Cantt Terminus
208 DN Waris Shah Passenger Terminus Shorkot Cantt
209 UP Faiz Ahmed Faiz Passenger Terminus Narowal
210 DN Faiz Ahmed Faiz Passenger Narowal Terminus
211 UP Narowal Passenger Terminus Narowal
212 DN Narowal Passenger Narowal Terminus
401 UP Samjhota Express Attari Terminus
402 DN Samjhota Express Terminus Attari

Nearby Landmarks

 

An abstract skyline of the city of Lahore

 

Gaddafi Stadium, Shalimar Gardens, Badshahi Masjid, Wazir Khan Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, and Anarkali Bazaar are some famous places to visit near Lahore Railway Station.

Greater Iqbal Park, one of Lahore’s most prominent parks, is also a few minutes’ drive from the station. Some of Lahore’s oldest food streets, which reflect the city’s true gastronomic tradition, can also be found nearby.

Because the train station in Lahore is located in the centre of the metropolis, it should take you no more than half an hour to reach there from various sections of the city.

Check out the list of areas and their distance from the city’s main railway station below:

 

Hotels Near the Railway Station

 

Desi cuisine on a table

 

In Lahore, there are also a few sub-railway stations where different trains and cargo carriages stop at various times throughout the day.

Some examples include Lahore Cantt Station, Shahdara Bagh Railway Station, and Kot Lakhpat Railway Station. People who want to use express trains, on the other hand, can go to the Lahore train station.

 

Contact Information

You can contact Lahore Railway Station for tickets, reservations, and any questions about luggage, refunds, and freight management.

Also, if you go to the Lahore train station at the address given below, you will find specific offices where you can enquire in person.

  • Address: Swami Nagar, Badami Bagh Station Road, Lahore
  • Contact Number: (021) 36674351

You can also call Pakistan Railways at 117 and obtain answers to your questions from railway authorities all throughout the country.

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