Incredible Nagpur: The only city to have a Diamond Crossing of Railway lines

Every city has something unique to wonder about. It could be some historical structure, some historical significance to its name, culture etc.

The city of Nagpur was founded by the Gonds but later became part of the Maratha Empire under the Bhonsles. The British East India Company took over Nagpur in the 19th century and made it the capital of the Central Provinces and Berar.

Did you know the old name of Nagpur???

The old Nagpur city (today called 'Mahal') which is situated on north banks of the river Nag. The suffix Pur means "city" in many Indian languages. One of the earlier names of Nagpur was "Fanindrapura". It derives its origin from the Marathi and Sanskrit word fana (फणा; meaning hood of a cobra).


Nagpur in fact is the geographical Centre of the Indian subcontinent, which is why we have a historical structure of Zero Mile Stone.


Nagpur is also the only city to have a Diamond Crossing

A diamond crossing is a point where two railway lines cross each other forming the shape of diamonds at their point of intersection. The double diamond railway at Nagpur is formed by two double lines crossing each other.


What is a railroad Diamond?

Nagpur Junction Railway Station is famous for it’s 'double diamond crossing'. The double lines crossings from the North to the South and those from East to West form a square shape and is called the diamond crossing. A railroad diamond is an intersection between two or more rail lines. The diamond Crossing at Nagpur is a unique marvel of engineering that exists in very few places in the World. Nagpur is where trunk railway lines running from Kolkata in the Eastern end of India to Mumbai in the Western-end, and the one from Delhi in the Northern end to Chennai and other places in the southern end cross. The double lines crossing from the North to the South and those from East to West form a square shape is called the diamond crossing. It is crucial and is used widely. The Railway personnel people who operate the lines are ever vigilant to prevent accidents.

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