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Railway Station: Why Terminus, Central and Junction?

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I had always wondered what is the difference between these three types of railway station. And it has almost always left me surprised. For example, a Junction can be a very small railway station. It is not even a major railway station either and very less population live the. If at all, the next major station should be given the Junction tag.

I know, I didn’t know why I was thinking like that. Today I know the difference and wanted to help you all know it all the same.

So what does a terminal or terminus mean?

A terminus / terminal is a station at the end of the railway line. Journey of each incoming railway tracks end, and the line stop (terminates, hence the name). So railway stations like Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is the station where a train track terminates or starts it line.

Railway station junction?

A junction is a railway station where two or more tracks going in different directions join. It can be a main line splitting into two, merging two lines into one or a branch line is created. You may be surprised to see some of the small railway stations being adjudged as junction – so next time you see one, you know why!

What about Central?

Any important or busiest railway station out of many stations in the city can be named Central. Perhaps in most cases, these railway stations are very big, and handle heavy movement of passenger and goods trains. These stations then earn the name central as it metaphorically represents the nerve center of the business and people movement in the area.

So, there you have it. If you like this post, perhaps you may like some of my others. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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