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New Jalpaiguri is a railway station of the city of Siliguri in the Indian state of West Bengal.



The partition of India in 1947 completely disrupted communication links of North Bengal and Assam with southern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the links were through the eastern part of Bengal, which formed a part of Pakistan in 1947. Siliguri gained in importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.[1] An old locomotive on display at New Jalpaiguri Junction Around 1949 Siliguri Junction station, a new station north of the old Siliguri Town station, came up with several lines converging on it. Primarily, there were three metre gauge lines south-west to Kishanganj and Barsoi, north-east in the direction of Assam, and south to Sliguri Town and Haldibari. In addition there was the narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running from Siliguri Town station to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. The Assam Rail Link Project, completed in 1950, linked the railways in Assam, with a metre gauge line to Kishanganj. The line running across North Bengal, spanned the Teesta, Torsha, and Sankosh rivers.[1][2]

In the early sixties, Indian Railway built a new broad-gauge station south of Siliguri south station and by 1964, New Jalpaiguri became the most important railway station in the area. It had both broad gauge and metre gauge connections and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was extended to the new station.[1]


left thumb Siliguri Urban Area, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, is spread over the districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri.[3]New Jalpaiguri railway station is located in Jalpaiguri district. Siliguri is the fastest growing city in North Bengal and is considered to be the gate way to north-eastern India.[4]

Busy station

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway 'Toy Train Terminal' at New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station Over a hundred trains pass through New Jalpaiguri and five trains terminate here.[5] New Jalpaiguri handles such prestigious trains as Guwahati Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail and Darjeeling Mail.[5]Trains with longest East-West run in India include Guwahati-Trivandrum Express covering 3,474 km, Guwahati-Okha Express covering 3,222 km, and Guwahati-Dadar Express covering 2,657 km. All these trains travel through New Jalpaiguri.[6]

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