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Delhi Suburban Railway

Type Suburban Rail
System Delhi Suburban Railway
Locale Delhi, India
Termini Hazrat Nizamuddin
Daily Ridership 5,000
Opened 1975
Operator(s) Northern Railway
Character At Grade
Line Length 35 km (22 mi)
Track Gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge


This suburban rail services runs through the region of the National Capital. It comes under the jurisdiction of Northern Railways. The trains that run on this are mostly EMU and MEMU types. It not only runs through Delhi, but also offers its services to pars of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh like Rewari, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and many others. Passenger and DMU services not only operate in Delhi, but it extends up to Rewari district in Haryana.


The suburban train of Delhi railways uses the same track that is used by trains plying between long distances. The route between New Delhi and Palwal got a new Ladies special train during 2009. There are plans to introduce a couple of more Ladies Special trains for the routes Delhi-Ghaziabad and Delhi-Panipat.


The services are currently available on the following routes:

  • Ghaziabad Anand Vihar New Delhi Faridabad Palwal EMU
  • Ghaziabad Old Delhi New Delhi EMU
  • Ghaziabad Old Delhi New Delhi Faridabad Palwal EMU
  • Ghaziabad Old Delhi New Delhi Faridabad Palwal Kosi Kalan EMU
  • Ghaziabad Old Delhi New Delhi Faridabad Palwal Kosi Kalan Mathura
  • H Nizamuddin Faridabad Palwal Kosi Kalan EMU
  • New Delhi Palwal EMU
  • New Delhi Shakurbasti EMU
  • Shakurbasti New Delhi Faridabad Ballabgarh EMU
  • Shakurbasti New Delhi Ghaziabad Khurza Aligarh EMU
  • Shakurbasti Old Delhi Ghaziabad Dankaur EMU
  • Shakurbasti Old Delhi New Delhi H Nizamuddin Faridabad Palwal EMU
  • Shakurbasti Old Delhi New Delhi H Nizamuddin Faridabad Palwal Mathura EMU

Passenger and DMU Services

  • Old Delhi Shamli DMU
  • Old Delhi - Gurgaon - Rewari DMU
  • Old Delhi Muzzaffarnagar DMU

Currently, all EMU trains running across Delhi have 12 coaches, out of which, two are dedicated for ladies. As per estimates from Northern Railways, currently there are more than a hundred suburban trains in Delhi that connect important cities. These trains are jam packed during the peak morning and evening hours.

Popularity with Commuters

 It must be admitted that the suburban railway system and the ring railway system of Delhi have not gone down well with the commuters. These are considered as worst examples of mass transport systems. The reasons of failure are many, some of them being; connections between important cities not comfortable for passengers and the complexity of routes. Most of these stations are narrow, dirty and at a distance of at least a km away from the main road, making it highly inaccessible for the passengers. Most of the times, it is only used as a corridor for carrying freight. Only during peak hours, there are some trains on this area. Situations get worse in case the Old Delhi, New Delhi and the Hazrat Nizamuddin trains get overcrowded. During these times, these suburban trains’ route gets diverted where they are subject to huge line of traffic.

Delhi Ring Railway

The Ring Railway system of Delhi is often referred to as the poor man’s mode of transport. The lower middle class families cannot afford the price rates of the Metro train; therefore they use these trains during the peak hours. During the morning and evening peak hours, the frequency of the trains is every 60 to 90 min. There are seven clock wise and six anti clock wise trains running during the rush hours. The Delhi Ring Railway is part of the Suburban railway system and it runs along the famous Ring road. This railway system was established during the Asian Games of 1982. It was flagged off in 1975 for carrying goods mainly. It started off with 24 trains and it takes anywhere between one and half and two hours to complete the entire distance of 35km. All trains go via the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. A return ticket for the entire route covered by the ring railways costs just INR12, whereas the rate for the same distance in the Delhi Metro train costs about INR60. With the phenomenal expansion of Delhi over the years, the routes operated by Ring Railways have almost become out of use now. Stations like Chanyakapuri, Sarojini  Nagar, Sewa Nagar, Lodhi Colony,

Inderpuri Halt, Lajpat Nagar and Safdargunj began to be noticed and got a grant of INR3 crores only during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Introduced in 1974-75, the ring railways was designed in such a way that goods that were carried from, via or to the city had to go via the main stations Old Delhi, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin. It was famously called “Delhi Avoiding Line” in the earlier days, but given the lack of proper services and decreased customer confidence, the Ring Railways appear to be a line which the Delhi public is avoiding. Of the 12 trains, only 3 carry a reasonable amount of passengers; the remaining 9 hardly have any passengers in it. Hazrat Nizamuddin is the origin and destination of the Ring Railway EMU trains.

Route Map of Delhi Ring Railway

Time Schedule

New Delhi to Palwal Local Train Timings

Palwal to New Delhi Local Train Timings

Faridabad To New Delhi Train Timings

New Delhi To Faridabad Train Timings



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