The term “Central Station” refers to the railway station which is centrally located in the city. It is also an important station among several other stations in the same city. There are basically five central stations in the country – Mangalore Central, Mumbai Central, Kanpur Central, Trivandrum Central and Chennai Central.
Bombay Central aka Mumbai Central is a leading railway station that lies on Western line and is located in Mumbai, the area famous for same name. The architecture of the station is designed by well-known British architect, Claude Batley. The station serves as a leading stop for both intercity/express and local trains and it has separate platforms for both types of trains. The trains departing from station connect travelers to several destinations in north-eastern, northern and eastern parts of the country. Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express trains depart and terminate in this station.
It is the busiest train station in UP and it is popular for having India’s largest interlocking route system and is it among the five Central stations in the country. It is the leading community and intercity train station in Kanpur and it is located on Howrah-Delhi route. It is the third busiest station in India. Lies in North Central Railways, it is the busiest station which records over 150,000 passengers of traffic with over 280 trains passing through it every day.
Madras Central aka Chennai Central is the 142 years old railway terminus in Tamil Nadu. Its colonial architecture makes it one of the most prominent railway stations in India. It is the major railway terminus lies opposite to the Ripon Building and Southern Railway headquarters. It is among the most vital railway hubs of South India. Other major railway hubs are Tambaram, Egmore and Chennai. The Chennai Central provides connectivity to New Delhi and other major cities like Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Bhopal, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam and others. The architecture of the station was designed by George Harding.
Mangalore Central is the major railway terminus in Mangalore and one of the main stations in Karnataka. It connects people to major state capitals like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai (through Konkan Railways), and Thiruvananthapuram (through Southern Railway) to name a few. In Mangalore, the track network is designed on triangular pattern, making it one of its kinds, with Mangalore Junction, Mangalore Central and Netravati River Bridge. From Mangalore Central, a rail siding leads to the prehistoric Railway Goods shed in old Port, Bunder area. For 1929 to 1930, the longest running train, Grand Trunk Express started from Mangalore Central in undivided India to Peshawar on Khyber Pass within 104 hours. The port city is located between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
Thiruvananthapuram Central aka Trivandrum Central is the busiest and largest railway station in Kerala and the major railway hub in Southern Railway zone. It is well equipped with advanced security system and building is the important landmark in the city. It is the major railway station when it comes to passenger movement and it is the main rail hub of Southern Railway. It also serves as terminating point for the upcoming Chennai-Bangalore- Trivandrum HSR (High Speed Rail) corridor as well as the upcoming Trivandrum-Mangalore HSR corridor. The station is located off Central Bus Station at Thampanoor.
The station is connected to all the major Indian cities. It is also known for a lot of amenities like restaurants, book shops, web browsing centers and accommodation. In 2005, second satellite station was launched at Kocheuveli and is the first leading city from south.