Covering a large part of Maharashtra, some parts of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the Central Railway zone is one of the biggest of the 17 zones of Indian Railways. It is headquartered at CST in Mumbai.
The Central railway zone was established in 1951. At that time, it included the Scindia State Railway, Nizam State Railway and the Great Indian Peninsula Railway among others. Some of the major routes under this zone include Mumbai CST to Pune, Pune to Kolhapur, Mumbai CST to Nagpur and Thane to Vashi among others.
The other zones apart from this zone of the Indian Railways are:
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By Rahul Kumar