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Locomotive Sheds — Introduction

Q. What are loco sheds, trip sheds and workshops?

Within the Indian Railways’ system, locomotives are allotted to the various zones, which in turn house them in facilities known as loco sheds. These sheds have the infrastructure to carry out routine maintenance, repairs and overall upkeep of the locos. Loco sheds are often allocated a cap of locos that they can home, and the infrastructure in the shed (such as repair bays, heavy lift cranes, staff allocation etc.) is commensurate with the allotted number of locos. Sheds are designated by the type of locos they service (diesel, electric and formerly steam). However, with the growing focus on electrification, several diesel sheds have been equipped to handle electric locomotives as well.

Trip sheds are smaller facilities attached to major railway stations where visiting locomotives are sent for inspection and minor repairs for any faults that may have been picked up during the incoming journey. If a fault cannot be fixed at the trip shed, the locomotive may be sent back to its home in shut down condition.

Workshops are major installations which have the ability to carry out major repairs such as accident damage; and conduct major overhauls and modifications of locomotives. Some workshops also build locomotives using assembly kits and parts.

Q. How can I tell which home shed a loco belongs to?

Home sheds for locos are often, but not always, indicated somewhere on the loco itself. For instance, the station code of the home shed may be painted on the side of the loco, or the full name of the shed may appear on the front. Some sheds have elaborate logos, whereas others may just bear stylized renditions of the shed names. Logos often appear on the front, but are sometimes on the sides of locos (e.g., Erode, Lallaguda, Vadodara). Some sheds don't use any logos, e.g., Santragachi, Howrah. Station codes often appear near the buffers, or on the loco body. For many sheds (e.g., Howrah, Kanpur) the shed station code appears in Roman letters on one side and the full name of the shed in Devanagari on the other.

Many Pune shed locomotives, esp. diesel, bear a navy blue disc shaped logo up front with the full name 'Pune' painted thereon, in the local language Marathi. Erode has a flying deer logo. Itarsi based engines also have the 'Itarsi' displayed in full. Baroda locos have 'BRC' painted on with to-and-fro arrows above and below it. Some flat-faced steam locos used to have station codes of their sheds painted (sometimes in a stylized manner) at the centre of the face of the loco, e.g., Baripada (BPO) and Nainpur (NIR) locos (ZD's, ZE's).

Zone Wise Locomotive Sheds

Given below are zone-wise details of the loco sheds across Indian Railways.

Western Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Ratlam Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM3-D, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WAG-5 Formerly home for the double-headed diesel-hauled Rajdhanis' locos. EMD locos were allocated in 2013, later transferred out. Locos mostly serve on routes in Western India and down Konkan Railway. Now (05/2021) homes WAG-5 class electric locomotives as well.
Vatva Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WDG-4G/6G, WAG-5, WAP-4 Shed attached to the Ahmedabad area. Locos handle bulk of the traffic in Kutch, Saurashtra and Southern Rajasthan regions. Also home to the new WDG-4/6G and the rare WDM-2G locos. Additionally, the shed now holds 20 electric locos for freight and passenger duties (05/2021)
Gandhidham Diesel WDM-3A, WDS-6, WDG-4G, WDG-6G Former MG shed, housed the first diesel loco (NBL class) in India.This shed used to have the YDM-1's class locos. Now provides BG locos for shunting duties for Kandla Port traffic. A brand new shed has been built (10/2020) for the maintenance of the GE built WDG-4/6G locos.
Sabarmati Diesel BG, MG (former MG steam shed as well) YDM-4, WDP-4, WDG-4, WDG-5 Shed attached to the Ahmedabad area. One of the last remaining MG loco sheds, with locos serving the isolated lines in the Junagadh region of Gujarat. BG EMD shed was set up in 2009. Also homes the rare WDG-5 ‘Bhim’ locos.
Mhow Diesel, MG YDM-4 Was a steam shed till the early 90s, then closed. As many as 40 YDM-4s were transferred from other MG sheds to restart operations in 2005. Locos now service the isolated MG section from Mhow to Omkareshwar. Current holding 8 locos (05/2021)
Valsad Electric WAG-5, WAG-7, WAP-4, WAG-9 Shed was created in the 1970s specifically to house dual-power WCAM class locos. Post AC conversion of Mumbai Division (WR), dual power fleet transferred to CR/KYN or condemned. Now homes WAP-4 and WAG-9 class of locos as well (05/2021)
Vadodara Electric WAP-4, WAP-5, WAP-7 Premier electric shed of WR. Used to hold WCAM1/2 locos. Post AC conversion of Mumbai Division (WR) received 3 phase AC locos. Current holding 200+ locos (05/2020)
Vadodara Electric - MEMU MEMU units Close to the main Vadodara electric shed, provides rakes for services across the WR network.
Bandra Marshalling Yard AC trip shed Former AC/DC trip shed. Officially known as Electric Loco Shed, BAMY, Khar Road. Primarily meant to serve locos visiting Bandra Terminus station.
Bandra Diesel WDS-6, WDM-2S First shed in WR to hold ALCO locos which serviced premier trains from Bombay in late 60s. Converted to shunting duties in 1979, with WDS-1 and WDS-4 locos. Now houses WDS-6 and WDM-2 locos relegated to shunting duties.
Mumbai Central AC Trip Shed Primarily meant to serve locos visiting Mumbai Central station.
Mumbai Central Car Shed for WR EMUs Set up in 1928. Former DC EMU car shed. Holds EMU rakes of all makes.
Kandivali Car Shed for WR EMUs Set up in 1984. Smallest of WR’s 3 EMU car sheds in Mumbai area. Used to maintain the now withdrawn Alstom AC DC EMU rakes.
Virar Car Shed for WR EMUs The largest EMU car shed in India. Commissioned in 2013. First ever EMU training simulator installed in 2018 for training running staff.
Pratapnagar NG Diesel ZDM-5 Located in the suburbs of Vadodara, the shed was commissioned in 1990 to service NG routes in Gujarat. Current holding ~20 locos.
Jetalsar MG Diesel YDM-4 Satellite shed to handle maintenance of Sabarmati locos that operate in isolated MG pockets of Saurashtra (Veraval, Wansjaliya, Delvada etc;). Locos are marked "Sabarmati".
Lower Parel Carriage Repair Workshop, Lower Parel was set up in the 1870s to repair steam locos. Later converted to maintain BG carriages. Today it services ICF and LHB coaches, along with Milk Tankers. Occasionally, manufactures wheel sets as well.
Mahalaxmi Periodic overhaul of EMU, traction motor rebuilds. The workshop was also involved in EMU conversion to AC/DC. The famous ‘MilleniumRake’ was converted here as well.
Dahod BG electric locomotive workshop; POH for WAM-4/WAG-5 locos. Formerly WR mechanical workshop and also a BG steam POH workshop. Carries out rebuilding of WAM4 / WAG5 locos with advanced features like Dynamic Brakes, Microprocessor Control, Static Converters etc. Carried out "TAO-chi" conversion of WAP1/ WAG5 locos.

North Western Railway

Shed Type Loco / MU's Comments
Bhagat ki Kothi (for Jodhpur) BG Diesel (was MG) WDG-4, WDP-4 Former MG shed converted to BG in the 1990s. Homed WDM2, WDM3A and WDG3A locos. Started receiving EMD locos from 2009. Current (05/2020) holding 170+ EMD locos.
Abu Road Diesel, Electric WDM-2, WDM-3A , WDG-3A, WDG-4, WAP-4 Commissioned in 1966, it used to be the premier shed for YDM-4s (MG). Converted to BG in 1998. Shed logo was an elaborate metal ornament fashioned out of recycled parts. Holds 135+ locos (05/2021). WAP-4 locos being inducted slowly, currently holds 2 (09/2021).
Phulera Diesel (MG) YDM-4 Once amongst the largest MG diesel sheds. With most MG lines now converted to BG, the shed operates only support locos on isolated lines. Current holding 8 locos (05/2021)
Ajmer Opened in 1876 it is one of India's premier workshops. Was the largest MG diesel loco workshop and a carriage and wagon workshop. Now catering to BG rolling stock it maintains and rehabilitates coaches, wagons, DEMUs, Railbuses etc. Also maintains the Palace on Wheels rake.
Bikaner (Lalgarh) Commissioned in 1926. POH of coaches and wagons. Previously MG.
Jodhpur Established in 1986, it was formerly an MG workshop. Currently performs POH of BG passenger coaches.

Central Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Kurla (for Mumbai) Diesel WDS-6, WDM-2S, WDM-3A, WDG-3A Set up in 1952, the shed homed WDS-2 and WDS-4 shunters earlier. Now holds WDS-6 and de-rated WDM2 locos for shunting / departmental duties in and around Mumbai. Also homes a few mainline locos.
Kurla / LTT AC Trip Shed Located near Vidyavihar. Mainly serves trains from LTT.
Kalyan (for Mumbai) Diesel WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDP-3A, WDP-4D, WDG-4 Shed was set up in 1987 for shunting locos and to serve trains on unelectrified routes in CR and KR. Received WDP-3A locos from GOC in 2018. From a sanctioned strength of 60, shed holds 100+ locos now (05/2021).
Kalyan (for Mumbai) Electric (AC and AC-DC) WCAM-2, WCAM-3, WCAG-1, WCM-6, WAG-7, WAG-9H, WAP-7 The oldest electric shed on IR. Once housed DC locos such as the WCM and WCG series for the Mumbai region. Later moving to AC/DC locos and now homes pure AC locos as well. Its freight locos also serve banking duties in Bhor and Thull Ghats.
CSMT (for Mumbai) AC Trip Shed Former DC/AC trip shed
Pune Diesel WDM-3A, WDM-3D,WDP-4D, WDG-3A, WDG-4 Set up in 1981 after the closure of Ghorpuri and Daund Steam Sheds. It now homes nearly 200 locos with 90+ WDG-4s as well (05/2020). Locos marked ‘Pune’ in Devnagari script within a gear shaped roundel.
Pune AC Trip Shed Former DC/AC trip shed
Bhusawal Electric WAP-4, WAG-5, WAG-9H Bhusawal used to be the largest steam shed (after WWII). Had WAP-1 locos, as well as the rare Mitsubishi WAG-2's. The WAP-1 locos were eventually transferred to Ghaziabad. Now holds a large fleet of primarily WAP-4 and WAG-5 locos. Shed holding 215+ (05/2021)
Igatpuri Electric Trip Shed Used to have separate sheds for AC locos and AC/DC locos.
Ajni (for Nagpur) Electric Shed, Diesel Trip Shed WAG-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H, WAP-7 Used be a steam shed. Electric shed also homed WAM-4 locos till the early 21st century. Primarily freight shed with large fleet (275+ locos). Received WAP-7 locos in 2011 for passenger duties as well.
Murtizapur NG Diesel ZDM-4, ZDM-5 Maintained locos for the famous "Shakuntala" route. With the closing of the line, locos mostly servicing the Pachora - Jamner route only.
Neral NG Diesel, Steam NDM-1 class variants, one ex-DHR B-class steam loco The DHR B class is occasionally used for steam runs on the Neral-Matheran line. POH of locos done at Parel.
Kurduwadi NG Diesel ZDM-4 Decommisioned. Locos used to service the famed Barsi Light Railway (Miraj-Latur). Closed down after gauge conversion of the NG section.
Sanpada EMU Car Shed for Harbour Line
Kalwa (near Thane) EMU Car Shed
Kurla EMU Car Shed
Wadi Bunder Decommissioned, was a DC loco trip shed
Lonavla AC Loco Trip shed For Bhor Ghat bankers
Manmad Electric Trip Shed
Matunga Set up in 1915, this is a large workshop catering to Periodic overhaul of ICF BG coaches and EMUs. Recently equipped to repair LHB wheelsets as well.
Kurla Periodic overhaul of tank wagons.
Parel Periodic overhaul, diesel locos. Many locos from other zones come here for major repairs. Neral-Matheran NDM-6 locos and some CR ZDM locos come here for POH. One of the really old loco workshops; earlier specialized in the 1.5kV DC locos of the Mumbai area. Workshop now assembles WDG-3A locos which have been sent in kit form by DLW for industrial customers, along with rebuild of NG locos to twin cabs. With the focus on electrification, there is a proposal to close the workshop to make space for a new passenger terminus. Functions to be shifted to Matunga and Badnera workshops.
Nagpur Coach maintenance workshop
Ajni Goods wagon repair facility
Bhusawal Major workshop for carrying out POH on 3-phase and tap-changer AC locos. One of the oldest loco workshops, from the steam days when Bhusawal had a large steam shed. It also specializes in rebuilding fire-damaged locomotives. Also has wagon repair facilities.

West Central Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Tughlakabad (for Delhi) Electric WAP-7, WAG-5, WAG-9, WAG-9H This shed is a WCR shed on NR territory! It belongs to the Kota division. This was a WR shed until 2003. The shed was originally built to handle locos for the freight traffic on the busy New Delhi - Bombay route. Had a large fleet of WAM-4, WAG-5 locos, since retired or transferred.
Itarsi Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDS-6, WDP-4, WDG-4, WAG-5 variants Was in CR until 2003. Shed used to serve diesel routes all across central India. Started receiving EMD locos in 2011. WAG-5 locos from sister electric shed moved here in 2019 to handle banking duties on the Budni - Barkhera ghat section. Many of its diesel locos have been put up for sale or are being scrapped (12/2021).
Itarsi Electric WAP-4, WAP-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H This shed came up in the 1980s. Was in CR until 2003. Shed holding 200+ (12/2021).
Katni Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-3C, WAG-5 This is located at New Katni Jn. but the diesel locos used to carry the marking that says simply 'Katni' (in Devanagari) or 'KTE'. This is one of IR's biggest diesel sheds. The shed used to be in CR until 2003. Holds the only WDG-3C "Cheetah". Now holds a fleet of 200+ electric locos, more than its purpose build electric countepart! (12/2021)
New Katni Jn. Electric WAG-5, WAG-7, WAG-9H Located at New Katni Jn. The shed used to be in CR until 2003. Had WAM-4/WAM-4P until the early 1990s or so. Electric locos are marked 'NKJ' (for New Katni Jn.) It has a large marshalling yard attached.
Kota BG wagon repair workshop
Bhopal BG coach workshop established in 1989. Handles mid-life rehabilitation of old passenger stock. Famous for the ‘Mahamana Express’ coaches.
Katni Large workshop established in 1960 for Periodic Overhaul (POH) for BG coaches.

South East Central Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Bhilai Electric WAG-7, WAG-9H, WAP-7 Shed used to be in SER until 2003. The shed used to have elaborate suffixes for its WAM-4 locos e.g. WAM-4P-6D-HS+ABC! Was also known for its various liveries. Now homes WAG-9H and WAP-7 locos as well. Currently holds 250+ locos (05/2021).
Bilaspur Electric WAG-9H Shed set up in 2018 with a homing capacity of 100. Current holding 60 locos (05/2021).
Raipur Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WAG-7 The shed’s ALCO locos had a distinct blue-white livery. Until 2019, it used to hold ZDM-4 locos (from Motibagh) for the NG line to Dhamtari, which has now been shut down. Current holding 240+ locos (05/2021) including WAG-7 electrics.
Motibagh (for Nagpur) NG Diesel ZDM-3A, ZDM-3B, ZDM-4A, WDM-2S, DMU Shed established in 1964 with steam locos. In its heyday, it was perhaps the largest NG diesel shed in India. Locos used to cater to the entire Satpura NG network. With the closure of the NG lines in 2019, only a few BG locos remain in active service for shunting duties. NG locos have either been scrapped or put in storage.
Gondia DEMU Car Shed For short runs on the former NG lines radiating in and around Gondia.
Motibagh (Nagpur) A very important NG/BG workshop. It used perform POH on NG coaches and locomotives from all over central and south-eastern India. These days it handles BG rolling stock (including accident relief trains), shunting locomotives and cranes.More in the workshops section.
Raipur Established in 1968 to repair and maintain freight wagons in the SER region, which sees heavy freight activity. Specialises in BOXN class of wagons and BVZI class brake vans.

Southern Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Erode Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WAP-1, WAG-5H, WAG-7 Setup in 1996, the shed with its unique liveries used to house WDM-2 and WDM-7 locos. Shed logo is a prancing deer enclosed in a circle, a major chunk of its diesel loco fleet has been transferred to make way for electric locos.
Erode Electric WAG-7, WAP-4, WAP-7 Erode electric shed came up in the late 1990s. WAP-4 locos transferred here in 2001 from Arakkonam. The shed handles some of the longest routes for electric trains in the country. Shares the prancing deer logo with sister diesel shed. Holds 200+ locos (12/2021).
Ernakulam Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WDP-4D, WAP-1, WAP-4 Setup in 1991, the shed is known for its distinct red-cream liveried ALCOs and a sailboat logo, later replaced by scenes depicting Kerala culture. The electrification of lines in Kerala has diminished its importance and the shed now holds roughly 70 locos (05/2021). As of July 2022, also holds a single WAP-1 and WAG-5
Arakkonam Electric WAP-4, WAG-5H, WAG-9 This electric shed came up in the 1980s, but Arakkonam had a big steam shed earlier. The shed has seen frequent transfers of its WAP-1 and WAP-4 class locos over the years. Used to hold WAM-4 locos as well until ~2017.
Royapuram (for Chennai) Electric WAP-7 New electric shed on site of former steam shed inaugurated in 2010. Received WAP-1 and WAP-4 from Arakkonam and Erode. Started receiving WAP-7s in 2012. Now holds only WAP-7 class locos (07/2020).
Golden Rock (for Thiruchirapalli) Diesel BG and MG WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDP-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WDP-4, WDS-6, YDM-4 One of the most distinct liveries on IR comes from Golden Rock in the form of its green-cream colored ALCo and EMD units. Holds a tiny portion of its once vast MG diesel fleet. Current holding 115+ locos (07/2020)
Tondiarpet (for Chennai) Diesel WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDM-7* Shed set up in 1972 to house WDS-4 class locos for shunting duties in Chennai. Started receiving WDM-7 and WDM-2 locos for shunting and branch line duties. A small fleet of WDM-3A locos perform mainline duties as well. Shed holding ~30 locos (07/2020)
Coonoor Steam, Diesel 'X' class (steam) and YDM-4 Serves the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. YDM-4 locos sent to Golden Rock for major repairs.
Avadi EMU Car Shed For EMUs and MEMUs primarily working on the Arakkonam and Sulurpeta lines out of Chennai. Also houses an EMU training simulator.
Tambaram EMU Car Shed Former electric shed and home to the YAM-1 locomotives. Now a BG EMU maintenance and car shed for units working the former MG suburban lines.
Velachery EMU Car Shed For maintenance of EMUs running on the elevated MRTS line.
Basin Bridge (for Chennai) Electric Trip Shed
Egmore Electric/Diesel Trip Shed This was an important MG shed with several YDM-2's stabled here, but now the lines out of it are BG, and the original structure stands demolished.
Tondiarpet Electric Trip Shed Created to lessen load on Basin Bridge. Also serves as crew change point for freights.
Jolarpettai Electric/Diesel Trip Shed
Golden Rock near Tiruchirapalli IR's premier diesel loco restoration and rebuilding workshop; also undertakes the POH of diesels from all over the south. It also builds one-off or small batches of freight wagons for trials.
Carriage and Wagon Workshops, Perambur (Ayanavaram), Chennai BG coaches and wagons
Locomotive Workshops, Perambur (Chennai) This was the premier BG steam loco repair shop in the south; now it deals with repair and maintenance / POH of electric locos from all over the south. SR, SCR, SER, and other zones' locos are often repaired here and sent for POH; sometimes locos from even farther afield such as from Tughlakabad can be seen being worked on. KR's DMU sets used come here for their POH. Also performs yearly overhaul of the Fairy Queen steam locomotive.
Ayanavaram Locomotive Workshops (Chennai) POH, recabling, dual brake conversion, etc.
Arakkonam Engineering workshops
Basin Bridge, Egmore Carriage maintenance works

South Central Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Gooty Diesel, Electric WDG-3A, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-4, WDP-4D, WAG-9H Converted from steam to diesel traction in 1963, it is one of the largest sheds (190+ locos). Also handles routine maintenance on WDG-4 locos. Gooty used to be a BG steam shed. Electric locos homed here since 2018.
Guntakal Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WAG-7 Serves passenger traffic on SCR/SWR routes. Former MG shed; BG shed was inaugurated in 1995 after gauge conversion of the Guntakal and Hubli divisions. Electric locos homed here since 2018.
Lallaguda (for Secunderabad/Hyderabad) Electric WAP-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H Built on the site of the former steam shed and inaugurated in Sep 2005. Used to hold WAM-4, WAP-4 and WAG-7 locos which were moved to Vijayawada and Kazipet making it a pure 3 phase loco shed. Current holding 250+ locos (12/2021)
Sanath Nagar (for Hyderabad) Diesel and Electric Trip Sheds A diesel refuelling point (with Indian Oil bulk terminal near it).
Kazipet Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WAG-7 Inaugurated in 1973, the shed served mainline passenger and freight traffic out of Secunderabad. With the conversion of most lines to electric, passenger duties have dwindled and the shed now homes electric locos (in addition to sister electric loco shed next door).
Kazipet Electric WAG-7, WAG-9H Inaugurated in 2006, it got a large chunk of WAG-7s based at Lallaguda. Has received new WAG-7 and WAG-9 units as well. 160+ locos (5/21)
Vijayawada Diesel WDM-2, WDP-1, DEMUs (30+) and 2 Railbus One of the only two sheds to home the WDP-1 class of locos. Shed primarily serves the Krishna - Godavari delta lines, along with locos for shunting duties. Also has a DEMU carshed.
Vijayawada Electric WAP-4, WAP-7, WAG-5, WAG-7, WAG-9H Shed inaugurated in 1980 following the electrification of the line to Chennai. Formerly held WAG-1, WAM-4 locos as well. WAP-4 fleet from Lallaguda transferred here in batches.
Maula Ali Diesel WDM-3A, WDG-3A, DMUs Former MG shed; converted to BG in the late 1990s. Used to hold WDS4 and old WDM2 units for shunting duties. Later, more WDM-2 and WDG-3A locos were transferred from other sheds for mainline duties on the northern Hyderabad and Nanded division routes.
Maula Ali EMU Car Shed For the suburban MMTS services.
Rajahmundry Electric Car Shed (MEMU) Has SCR entire fleet of MEMU cars. Handles primary maintenance and rebuilding of damaged units. Setup on the site of the erstwhile steam shed.
Hyderabad Electric Trip Shed
Renigunta Electric and Diesel Trip Shed

Lalaguda Carriage Workshops

The Workshop was established in 1893 by The Nizam Guaranteed State Railways for POH and repairs to BG and MG steam locomotives, coaches and wagons. In 1966 it was brought under SCR and became a major workshop of the zone. With the phasing out of steam locos, the workshop took up POH of all types of BG coaches and was named as “Carriage Workshops”. It currently handles stock such as ICF & LHB coaches, EMU, Self-propelled coaches like SPARME/ SPART/ DEMU/ DHMU & Tower Wagons.


Rayanapadu wagon workshop, which is otherwise referred to as Wagon Workshop, Guntupalli is one of the premier workshops of SCR. It is engaged in revamping freight wagons, manufacture of bogies and it also specialises in conversion of oil tankers into fly ash carrier wagons for the cement industry.


Lying between Tirupati and Reniginta, the workshops handles repair and heavy maintenance of coaching stock. Inaugurated in 1980, the workshop has grown into a large workshop handling 100+ coaches a month.

South Western Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Hubli Diesel WDG-4, WDG-4D, WDP-4, WDP-4B, WDP-4D Shed set up in 1999 to home the first EMD GT46 locos. Unlike other sheds, it was designed to undertake heavy maintenance (workshop) duties as well. One of the first sheds on IR to get a training simulator. Has one of the largest holdings of EMD locos - 245+ (05/2021)
Krishnarajapuram (for Bangalore) Diesel, Electric WDS-6, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDP-4, WDG-4, WAP-7, WAG-9H Shed opened in 1983, initial holding capacity was 60 locos. EMD units added in 2005. First 5 WDM-3D units were homed here; these were later transferred to Erode. Currently (09/2020) holds the largest fleet of WDP-4 class locos on IR (110+). WAP-7s were first transferred from Royapuram in 2019, but now receives new locos. WAG-9s were inducted in 2020.
Bangalore City Diesel, Electric Trip Shed
Bangalore Cantonment DMU Car Shed Handles maintenance of all DMUs running in SWR. Also handles routine maintenance of WDS-6 and derated WDM-3x locos used for shunting.
Mysore Decommissioned MG Diesel YDM-4 Locos had a distinctive dark green livery.
Hubli One of the oldest railway workshops in India, it was established in 1885 under Southern Maratha Railways. It carried out maintenance and repairs to MG locos, coaches and wagons. In 1919, the workshop was brought under the jurisdiction of MSMR. In 1961 it was taken-over by South Central Railway and carried out POH of YP, YG and YD used on steep gradients of Braganza Ghat. The workshop also manufactured bogies for BOX class wagons and ICF type coaches. Now carries bulk of maintenance and repair activities of rolling stock in SWR.
Mysore Central Workshops, Ashokapuram Setup in 1924 under Mysore State Railway, it used to undertake POH and heavy maintenance duties of MG steam locos and later diesel locos. In 1994 BG coach POH facilities were added, and loco facilities phased out.

East Coast Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Visakhapatnam Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WDG-4, WAG-9H IR's largest diesel shed with 275+ locos. It used to be on SER until 2003. There was a shed at Simhagiri which shut down and the new diesel shed took over. Rarely, diesel locos can (could) be seen with Simhagiri markings [2001]. Has received WDG-4s starting 2013. Now holds WAG-9H locos as well, transferred from its sister electric shed.
Visakhapatnam (Waltair) Electric WAG-5, WAG-6A/6B/6C, WAG-9H, WAP-4, WAP-7 The largest Electric shed on IR is at VSKP as well (350+ locos). Most freight locos from here work on the Kirandul-Kothavalasa lines for heavy mineral freight line and are rarely seen elsewhere. Also homes the entire holding of the WAG-6 classes. WAP-4 and WAP-7 have been inducted since 2015.
Angul Electric WAG-7, WAG-9H Started life on paper as a diesel shed but soon converted to an electric shed. Received locos even when the shed building was not complete. WAM-4 and WAG-5 locos were brought from other sheds. After a short while, all WAM-4 and WAG-5 were transferred out. Currently (12/2021) holds more than 250+ WAG-7s.
Mancheshwar Carriage repair workshop. Commissioned in Nov. 1981. Performs POH maintenance on about 150 coaches a month.

Northern Railway

Shed Type Loco / MU's Comments
Ghaziabad (for Delhi) Electric WAM-4, WAP-5, WAP-7 Built to cater to passenger traffic in the Delhi area. Received the first WAP-1s and WAP-5 class locos. It has the largest fleet of 3-phase passenger locos. Holds a solitary WAM-4 in storage (12/2021).
Tughlakabad (for Delhi) Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDP-1, WDP-3A, WDP-4, WDP-4B, WDP-4D, WDG-4, WAP-1, WAP-4, WAP-7 Shed established in 1970 for services out of Delhi. One of the only two sheds on IR to home the WDP-1 and WDP-3A locos. The first two twin cab WDP4-D locos came here as well. Electric locos started being home in 2019. Current holding 220+ locos (05/2021).
Shakurbasti (for Delhi) Diesel WDS-4, WDS-6, WDM-2, WDM-3A, DEMUs Shed established in 1955 for shunting duties in the Delhi region. Used to home WDS-2 and WDS-4 locos. Currently holds derated WDM-2 and WDS-6 locos. Also houses a car shed for DMUs in Delhi region including the country's first CNG run DMU which was converted in-house from diesel.
Ludhiana Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDP-4, WDG-4, WAG-7 Established in 1977, Ludhiana is a large shed (200+ locos) and serves a large swathe of Northern and North-western India.
Ludhiana Electric WAM-4, WAG-7, WAG-9H Commissioned in 2001 when most GZB WAG-5's transferred here. These locos were later moved elsewhere. Newer WAG-7s since 2003 including BHEL built units. Retains only 1 WAM-4 for internal use. Held a small fleet of WAP-4 locos which were then moved out. Current holding 200+ locos (12/2021)
Lucknow Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WDP-4, WAP-1, WAG-7 Locally called "Alambagh Diesel Shed" it was established in 1988 for shunting duties in the area. Currently (10/2020) holds 170+ locos including the first 3300hp fuel injected WDM-3A rebuilt by DMW Patiala. Locos seen in blue-grey livery with the words 'Prabal' written in Devnagari script on the side. One can also see a preserved WDM-4 loco at the shed. Electric loco holding since 2019.
Roza Diesel WDG-4G, WDG-6G Purpose built shed to house the GE built WDG-4G and WDG-6G locos.
Saharanpur Electric WAG-12B New shed to exclusively house the Alstom built WAG-12B class of locos for the Dedicated Freight Corridor. Technically, shed is owned and operated by MEPL, the company manufacturing the locos. Current holding 100+ locos (11/2021).
Khanalampura (Saharanpur) Electric WAG-7, WAG-9H Shed started in the mid 2010s with the electrification of the Lucknow - Moradabad - Ambala section. Current holding 75+ locos (05/2021)
Pathankot NG Diesel, Steam ZDM-3, ZDM-4/A, ZB Northernmost shed. Locos used exclusively for the Kangra Valley Railway to Jogindernagar. Has two steam locomotives, one of which (ZB #66) is used occasionally for tourist services.
Kalka NG Diesel, Steam ZDM-3, ZDM-5, KC (steam), Rail Motor Cars Locos serve the NG line to Simla. Starting in the mid 2000s, the shed started acquiring Parel workshop built dual cab locos. Also houses Rail Motor Cars. Steam loco used for tourist charters.
Rewari Steam WP, YP, YG, AWD The Rewari steam shed has been restored and houses BG and MG steam loco for tourist & heritage runs.
Chipiyana Buzurg (near Ghaziabad) Electric Car Shed EMU, MEMU Started in 1982 to provide for suburban services around Delhi for the Asiad Games. Later units from the shed started serving as far as Amritsar and Barabanki. EMU units also serve the Ring Railway in Delhi. Current holding 22 EMU and 42 MEMU rakes (10/2022)
Saharanpur Electric Car Shed MEMU For regular maintenance and repair of MEMU services in the area
Budgam Diesel Car Shed DEMU Car shed started with the commissioning of railway services in the Kashmir Valley. At present it holds 12 DEMU units.
Mughalsarai Diesel Decommissioned. Had WDM-4 locos (was at the time the only shed to have these). This shed was an NR shed on ER territory! This was just adjacent to the (still existing) ECR (formerly ER) diesel shed. It lost the role it had earlier as the WDM-4's were phased out, the shed decommissioned in 2001.
Ambala Trip Shed Trip shed for routine inspection and maintenance of visiting locos.
New Delhi Trip Shed Caters to visiting electric and diesel locomotives with maintenance for both.
H. Nizamuddin Trip Shed Caters to visiting electric locos
Jalandhar Diesel Car Shed DEMU IR's first and biggest DMU shed. Holds 60 units (10/2021) that service much of rural Punjab and Haryana. Also held two BEML built railbuses which operated on the Beas-Goindwal Sahib line.
Jammu Tawi Trip Shed Trip shed for visiting locos
Alambagh Started in 1865 under the Oudh & Rohilkand Railway, it is the premier coaching workshop of NR. Used to handle duties for freight stock as well, which were stopped in the mid 1990s.
Charbagh Workshops established in 1867 by Indian Branch Railway Company for the Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway. The workshops used to maintain and build components for steam locos. In the 1970s it became part of NR and over the years has started servicing Diesel and Electric locos, along with DMUs and EMUs.
Jagadhari Established in 1952, it was known as Wagon Workshop Jagadhari. Over the years, it has started maintaining passenger stock as well, and renamed Carriage & Wagon Workshop.
Amritsar The workshop was established in the 1930s, the Northern Railway Mechanical Workshop has played many roles including maintenance of wagons, manufacture of components and even served as an ordinance factory during WW2. Currently it specializes in repair of BOXN wagons.
Kalka The Kalka workshops abut the loco shed and specialise in the maintenance and upkeep of locos and rolling stock for the NG Railway to Simla. The workshops were established in the British era and were also responsible for the revival of the KC 520 steam locos  

North Central Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Kanpur Central Electric WAM-4, WAP-7, WAG-9H Shed used to be in NR until 2003. Homed the last WAG-2 and WAG-4 locos. 3 WAM-4 locos retained for training duties. Once had a large fleet of WAP-4 locos which have made way for WAP-7 locos. Current holding 245+ locos (10/2021). Still has 3 WAM-4 for inferior duties.
Jhansi Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WDP-4, WDG-4, WAG-7 Shed set up in 1975 to serve Central Indian routes. Received the WDM-3B class mid 2006 which were later converted to WDM-3D. Shed holding 135+ locos including a few WAG-7 units (10/2021).
Jhansi Electric WAP-4, WAG-5HA/WAG-5HB, WAG-7 The shed is home to IR's entire WAG-5HB fleet, since these were manufactured by BHEL Jhansi. First shed to receive WAP-4 locos. Also received WAG-7 locos manufactured by BHEL. One of the very few sheds left with no 3-phase locos in its fleet.
Gwalior NG Diesel NDM-5 Locos serve the Sabalgarh - Sheopur Kalan line. Shed conducts POH of its own locos. Started receiving twin cab NDM-5 locos rebuilt at Parel Workshops. Shed now (2021) being decommissioned, with the closure of the line for gauge conversion.
Dhaulpur NG Diesel ZDM-3 Locos serve the Dhaulpur - Tantpur/Sirmuttra section
Agra Diesel WDM-2S, WDS-6 Small diesel shed meant for shunting locos across NCR. Used to home WDS-4 locos.
Mid-Life Rehabilitation Workshops, Jhansi Set up in 2011, it specializes in mid-life rehabilitation of railway coaches to improve their condition from passenger amenities as well as mechanical fitness at midlife stage. It is the second largest such workshop of its kind on IR and can handle 250 coaches per year.
Wagon Repair Workshop, Jhansi Construction on this workshop began in 1889. It used to carry out steam loco, wagon and carriage repair for Indian Midland railway. In 1930 it Today, it is the largest workshop for freight wagons on IR. Reputed to handle more than 20% of wagon POH on IR.

North Eastern Railway

Shed Type Loco / MU's Comments
Gonda Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WAP-1, WAP-4, WAP-7, WAG-5, WAG-7 Shed established in 1982 for BG and MG diesel locos on NER. The last WDM-2 made by DLW (#16887) was homed here for a while. MG locos were phased out after gauge conversion. BG diesel locos were also phased out starting in 2018 and today holds just 4 WDM-3A (12/2021). It has a large fleet of electric locos destined for eventual transfer to the upcoming ELS at Gorakhpur. Long term future of the shed is unknown.
Izzatnagar (for Bareilly) Diesel (BG, MG) YDM-4, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDP-4, WDG-4 For NER trains on the MG network. BG shed started with 30 WDM-3Ds in 2010. Started receiving WDG-4s and WDP-4s in 2013. Current holding 175+ locos including 14 YDM-4 locos (12/2021).
Gorakhpur Electric Upcoming Electric Loco shed
Izzatnagar Established in 1913 for both MG coaches and diesel (YDM-4) loco overhaul. Today it undertakes POH for BG coaches as well, along with manufacture of various components.
Mechanical Workshop, Gorakhpur Set up in 1903, the workshop was earlier in Sonepur. It was shifted here due to frequent flooding at the former location. Used to handle heavy repairs for steam locos, carriage and wagons. Switched to maintenance of BG coaches in 1994 after gauge conversion.

Northeast Frontier Railway

Shed Type Loco / MU's Comments
Malda Town Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDM-3D, WAG-9H This shed is an NFR shed on ER territory! The diesel shed was established on the grounds of a former steam shed in 1984. Serves mainly NFR passenger links. Holds 65 locos (05/2021). WAG-9H have been inducted recently (12/2021).
New Guwahati Diesel WDS-6, WDG-3A, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDP-4, WDG-4 Set up in 1962 as a satellite shed for Siliguri based MG locos. BG loco holdings started with a few WDS-6 shunters in 1986. With transfer of its MG locos to Lumding in 1993, it became an all BG shed. Current holding 120+ locos (10/2021).
Siliguri Diesel (BG) WDP-4, WDG-4 Oldest MG shed in India, BG locos started appearing in 2007 with WDP-4 and WDG-4 locos transferred from Hubli. Current (10/2021) holding 210+ locos.
Siliguri NG Diesel & Steam NDM-6, B-Class Inaugurated in 2003, the shed serves the DHR locos. The facilities were moved here from NJP, where it had moved to from Siliguri in the first place!
Lumding MG Diesel (decommissioned) YDM-4 Locos served the isolated MG sections of Lumding - Badarpur (and beyond). Used to be the Easternmost shed of IR. Was shut down with the conversion of NFR lines to BG.
Tindharia, Kurseong, Darjeeling Trip Sheds For stabling and minor maintenance of DHR locos.
Tindharia Workshops set up in 1881 to service the locomotives and rolling stock for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It was moved to its current premises in 1913. The workshop has also been involved in manufacture and rebuilding of several steam locos, along with manufacture of key parts. It also used to serve as the DHR loco shed, before it was moved to Siliguri.
New Bongaigaon Established in 1965, it serves as the Carriage and Wagon Workshop for NFR.
Dibrugarh NFR Mechanical Workshops Dibrugarh

Eastern Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Howrah + Bamanganchi Diesel, Electric WDS-6, WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDP-4, WAP-4 Was set up in 1983 to home WDS-4 shunting locos for Howrah region at Bamangachi. Later a twin unit was setup to home mainline locos alongside for trains north and west of Howrah. Current holding is 46 diesel locos and 15 WAP-4 (12/2021).
Howrah Electric WAP-4, WAP-5, WAP-7 Commissioned at the end of 2001. Had WAP-1 locos that were later sent to Ghaziabad. Homed WAM-4s for a short while before receiving WAP-7s starting 2011. Current holding 150+ locos (10/2021)
Beliaghata/Sealdah Diesel, Electric WDS-6, WAP-7, WAG-5 Established as a diesel loco shed to house shunting locos for duties around Sealdah. Received WAP-7s in 2020 in a newly built facility within the same complex. Locos marked as 'SLSD'.
Andal Diesel WDS-6, WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WDP-4 Set up in 1981, Andal homed the now defunct WDS-5 shunters. Also homed the first WDM-2 manufactured by DLW, No. 18233. Presently (10/2021) most of its 100+ locos are used for freight duties.
Burdwan Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WAG-5, WAG-5HA, WAG-9H Inaugurated in 1971, the shed homed the only 2 WDM-6 units ever built were homed here. Locos haul the trans-border 'Maitree Express' between Kolkata and Dhaka. Later received the first WAG-9 locomotive for ER #31619 "Kabiguru". Now holds more electric locos than diesel (12/2021).
Jamalpur Diesel, Electric WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDG-4, WDS-6, DEMUs, WAG-5, WAG-5HA Inaugurated in 1991 the shed complements the nearby ER workshops. Also homes a fleet of DMUs for branch line duties.
Asansol Electric WAM-4, WAP-4, WAG-5 variants, WAG-7, WAG-9H One of the oldest electric sheds on IR, it's proximity to CLW meant it saw a lot of rare loco classes. It used to house the WAM-1/2/3/4, WAG-3/4, and WAP-6 locos. It also homed the short lived WAP-2 and WAM-3 locos. Current holding 140+ locos.
Narkeldanga (for Sealdah) EMU Car Shed, Electric Loco Trip Shed The oldest EMU car shed in ER, commissioned in 1963 after conversion from steam shed. It caters to EMU services in SDAH North section. The same premises also houses an electric loco trip shed.
Sonarpur EMU Car Shed Commissioned in 1979 to serve the growing demand in SDAH south section.
Barasat EMU Car Shed Commissioned in 1990 to serve traffic on the Bangaon - Ranagaon and Hasnabad sections.
Bandel EMU Car Shed
Howrah EMU Car Shed
Ranaghat EMU Car Shed Commissioned in 2007 to cater on Gede, Lalgola and Shantipur sections among others.
Jamalpur Locomotive Workshops Established in 1862, Jamalpur was assembling locos very early, and began manufacturing locos from scratch by 1899. Also manufactures 140 tonne cranes, BOXN/H wagons and other equipment including the indigenously developed Jamalpur Jacks for lifting of heavy equipment.
Liluah Carriage & Wagon Workshops The East Indian Railway (EIR) established a Carriage & Wagon Workshop at Howrah in 1863. This was shifted in 1900 to its present location at Liluah. It undertakes IOH and POH of carriage and wagon stock AC & Non-AC Coaches. It also carries out POH of BVZI & BLC Wagons.
Kanchrapara POH on BG AC locos from all over the east (Howrah, Santragachi, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn., Asansol, Gomoh), including the WAG-7 locos. Set up in 1863 for the overhaul of steam locos; It was also the site for 3kV DC electric loco maintenance in the Calcutta area. Also manufactures OHE tower wagons.
Bogie Manufacturing Workshops, Budge Budge Commissioned in 2016, it supplies LHB bogies to various production units and C&W workshops across IR.

East Central Railway

Shed Type Loco / MU's Comments
Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn. (Mughalsarai) Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDS-6, WAG-7 Shed set up in 1987. It was one of the only two sheds to home the rare WDS-5 shunter class. With the electrification of lines around MGS, its utility has diminished. Also holds 50 WAG-7.
Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Jn. (Mughalsarai) Electric WAP-4, WAG-7, WAG-9H First shed to get the WAG-7. WAP-1 locos from here were transferred to GZB. Holds 200+ locos (10/2021).
Gomoh Electric WAP-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H Was the first shed in IR to home WAG-9 and WAP-7 locos. Some initial WAG-9 units transferred to Ajni. WAP-7 locos served the prestigious Howrah Rajdhani link but were transferred out. Shed holding 200+ (12/2021)
Patratu Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WDS-6, WAG-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H Shed was established in 1964 with the transfer of WDM-1 locos from Gaya. Primarily a freight loco shed to serve the Central Indian Coal fields. Diesel holdings have now been supplanted by electric.
Samastipur Diesel, Electric WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDG-4, WAP-4, WAG-7 Former MG shed converted to BG in 2001. Started receiving a electric locos in 2019.
Barauni Electric WAP-7, WAG-9 She commissioned in 2020. Current holding 70+ locos (11/2021).
Narkatiaganj (decommissioned) Diesel (MG) YDM-4 Satellite shed was set up with transferred locos from Gonda and Izzatnagar. Decommissioned after conversion of lines to BG.
Harnaut (near Patna) Setup in 2003 for repair and refurbishment of passenger coaches.
Samastipur Mechanical Workshop, Samastipur was established in 1881 for overhauling of steam locomotives, POH of coaches and wagons. It originally belonged to Bengal & North Western Railway (BNWR) and subsequently merged with the Oudh Tirhut Railway (OTR) in 1943. Post independence it was with NER, before being moved to ECR. Currently, the workshop manufactures BOXNHL wagons and repairs BOXN type wagons.

South Eastern Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Kharagpur Electric, was Diesel WAP-4, WAG-7 Set up in 1986 to serve the SER trunk route along the east coast, diesel locos utility diminished with steady electrification. Started receiving electric locos in 2018. Currently (12/2021) has no diesel locos.
Bondamunda (Rourkela) Diesel WDM-3A, WDM-3D, WDG-3A, WDG-4 Established in 1962 with WDM-1 locos, it was also home to the rare WDS-5 class of shunters. WDM-3D's inducted in early 2007 and WDG-4 in 2013.
Bondamunda (Rourkela) Electric WAP-7, WAG-5, WAG-7, WAG-9H, WAG-10, WAG-11 Primarily a freight duty shed, it holds a small complement of WAP-7 locos. It also homes the WAG-10 & WAG-11 diesel to electric converted locos. Current holding 200+ locos (12/2021).
Rourkela Electric WAG-9H With growing traffic in the region, SER set up a second shed to augment capacity in the Bondamunda area. This was set up in 2015-16. Current holding 120+ locos (05/2021).
Tatanagar (for Jamshedpur) Electric WAP-7, WAG-9, WAG-9H Once a stronghold of WAM-4 and WAG-5 locos, they were retired or transferred out in favour of 3-phase locos. Current holding 200+ locos (05/2021).
Santragacchi Electric, Diesel WAP-4, WAP-7, WDM-3A, WDG-4 Set up in 1999 with the electrification of SER lines. Once held a large fleet comprising WAP-4 locos only. Surprisingly, it has received a few diesel locos in 2020. Current holding 85+ locos (05/2021)
Bokaro Steel City Electric, originally Diesel WAG-7 Locos mostly serve traffic in and out of the Bokaro Steel Plant. The shed had a distinctive green/red livery for its diesels. All of its diesels have either been transferred or scrapped.
Bokaro Steel City Electric WAG-7, WAG-9H Relatively new shed commissioned in 2011 with WAG5s transferred from other sheds. WAG-5s were later transferred out. Current holding 120+ locos (10/2021)
Nimpura (for Kharagpur) Electric Trip Shed
Dongargarh (for Nagpur) BG Diesel, now decommissioned Was in use until the late '90s. All SER diesels for Nagpur are now from Raipur shed. Would have been in SECR territory.
Tikiapara (for Howrah) EMU Car Shed
Panskura EMU Car Shed
Kharagpur EMU Car Shed
Kharagpur Loco and C&W Workshop Kharagpur Workshop was established in 1898 as a small repair workshop of Bengal Nagpur Railway. Over the years it has become the largest maintenance workshop of the Indian Railways. It is one of the few workshops with the capability to work across various categories of rolling stock such as Coaches, EMUs, MEMUs, DEMUs, SP-ART, SP-ARME, Tower Cars, Diesel Locomotives, Electric Locomotives, Diesel Cranes and Wagons.

Konkan Railway

Shed Type Loco/MU's Comments
Verna Diesel [planned but later cancelled; construction was never completed]

KR currently does not have locos or sheds of its own. It uses locos from Ernakulam, Golden Rock and Erode [SR]; Pune and Kalyan [CR]; Gooty [SCR] and Krishnarajapuram [SWR].

Verna C&W Workshop Workshop for carriage maintenance at a site close to the still-born loco shed site.

Shed Trivia

The distribution of sheds seen on the map is not all that uniform and reflects the greater need for locomotives in some areas compared to others. The Howrah-Dhanbad-Gomoh corridor is especially dense, having six sheds within a stretch of about 289km (Howrah, Bardhhaman, Andal, Asansol, and Gomoh). This is not surprising as the section caters to a lot of freight traffic including the heavy ore rakes from this mineral-rich area.

Guntakal and Gooty are an odd pair of sheds, being amazingly close — just 40km or so apart!