Renaming of Stations

This material is from a presentation made by the author at the first IRFCA Convention at Pune, Feb. 26, 2006.

Also see Ajai Banerji's article on station code oddities. Other related pages include the FAQ page on stations and

Introduction

A large number of stations have been renamed in the last half-century or so. Here, we look at changes which have occurred since the 1930s. We concentrate on the changes in southern and western India, as they have seen more changes compared to the rest of the country.

Reasons for Change

In general, changes are made based on the requests from the state government. The Railways generally do not make changes on their own. Changes in names generally reflect the pronunciation in the local language which was not in the earlier spellings during British rule. Interestingly, there are some cases where the official name of the town has changed but the station name has not.

Andhra Pradesh
Old NameNew Name
BezwadaVijayawada
Chicacole RoadSrikakulam Road
CocanadaKakinada
DronachellamDhone*
Gundrati MargooGundratimadugu
Hyderabad MGKacheguda
KhammamettKhammam
KothapettaSirpur Kagaznagar
MasulipatnamMachilipatnam
OopalUppal
WaltairVisakhapatnam

* Reverting to its old name


Goa
Old NameNew Name
CollemKulem
MargaoMadgaon
Sanvordem CurchoremKudchade (Sanvordem)*

* Station signboard changed, but timetable still shows the old name.

Kudchade / Sanvordem station sign board

Photograph by Ashish Kuvelkar, © 2006.


Gujarat
Old NameNew Name
BarodaVadodara
BroachBharuch
BulsarValsad
CambayKhambhat
Goya GateVishvamitri
Mohamedabad & Kaira RoadMehemadabad & Kheda Road

Karnataka
Old NameNew Name
BowringpetBangarapet
ClosepetRamanagaram
French RocksYeliyur
TelgiBasavana Bagewadi Road

Kerala
Old NameNew Name
Ernakulam North*Ernakulam Town
Ernakulam South*Ernakulam Jn
OlavakkotPalghat
VettikatiriVallathol Nagar

* No change in name of place, only the suffix for the station has changed.


Kerala - Stations Unchanged
(Towns that have changed names but where the station names have remained unchanged.)
Old NameNew Name
AlleppeyAlappuzha
AlwayeAluva
BadagaraVadakara
CalicutKozhikode
CannanoreKannur
CochinKochi
QuilonKollam
ShertallaiCherthala
TellicherryThalasseri
TrichurThrisshur
TrivandrumThiruvananthapuram

Maharashtra
Old NameNew Name
Bassein RoadVasai Road
Bellasis RoadMumbai Central(local)
BombayMumbai
Bombay VTChhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
DhondDaund
DhuliaDhule
EllichpurAchalpur
Erandol RoadDondaiche?
KirkeeKhadki
KolhapurChhatrapati Sahu Maharaj Terminus
KolivadaGuru Teg Bahadur Nagar
PaunarSeloo Road
PoonaPune
Wardha EastSevagram*
Sevagram*Varud
SholapurSolapur
ShrirampurBelapur

* An interesting case of a double name change!


Maharashtra - Stations Unchanged
(Towns that have changed names but where the station names have remained unchanged.)
Old NameNew Name
AurangabadShambhajinagar

Also see Ajai Banerji's article on station renaming.

Tamil Nadu
Old NameNew Name
ArkonamArakkonam
ChingleputChengalpattu
ColeroonKollidam
ConjeevaramKanchipuram
Cuddalore New TownTiruppadiripuliyur*
DalmiapuramKallakudi Palanganatham
JalarpetJolarpettai
MadrasChennai
Madras ChetpatChetpet
Madras ParkPark
MaduraMadurai
ManiyachiVanchi Maniyachchi**
ManurManavur
MayavaramMayiladuturai***
McDonald's ChoultryMagudan Chavadi
OotacamundUdhagamandalam
Point CalimereKodikkarai
Porto NovoParangipettai
RamnadRamanathapuram
ShencottahSengottai
TanjoreThanjavur
TinnevellyTirunelveli
TranquebarTarangambadi
TrichnopolyTiruchchirapalli
TrivelloreTiruvallur

* In between, Tiruppapuliyur.

** Named for a freedom fighter.

*** In between, Mayuram.


Tamil Nadu - Stations Unchanged
(Towns that have changed names but where the station names have remained unchanged.)
Old NameNew Name
TuticorinThootakudi
Material provided by Ajai Banerji, Copyright © 2006.
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