Facilities Required at Railway Stations
The passenger station is the
gateway through which people find their way into a town or community. A first
impression is a lasting one and, hence, a well designed station building with
well-maintained surroundings is important. Whilst service is the main consideration,
the type and finish of a station building should be, as far as practicable, in
keeping with the best standards of civic amenities available in that area. A
large passenger station should provide for facilities corresponding to the
anticipated demands of at least the first 20 years of its life, with provisions
for future expansion. The facilities required at stations are broadly
classified into the following main groups.
This includes waiting rooms and
retiring rooms, refreshment rooms and tea stalls, enquiry and reservation
offices, bathrooms and toilets, drinking water supply, platform and platform
sheds, and approach roads.
This includes goods sheds and
platforms, station buildings, station master's office and other offices, signal
and signal cabins, reception and departure lines and sidings, arrangements for
dealing with broken down trains, and station equipment.
Locomotive, carriage, and wagon
This includes the locomotive
shed, watering or fuelling facilities, turntable, inspection pits, ashpits,
This includes rest houses for
officers and staff, running rooms for guards and drivers, staff canteens, etc.