Here we look at some stations and station signs in India which have something unique or nearly unique about them.
This idea occurred following the announcement of this new station:
There are numerous stations with the prefix New, especially in the NF zone. But this is the first station name where New is a suffix.
And there is only one important station which has Old as a prefix:
“Old” is transcribed into Hindi and Bengali and not translated.
(There is also an Old Sachivalaya Halt on the Patna-Digha branch. The line’s future is uncertain. There is a better-known Sachivalaya Halt on the Patna-Danapur section.)
Similarly, we look at the points of the compass. At the center there are several stations which have Central as a suffix. But none have Central as a prefix.
We have better luck with North as a prefix:
Interesting that North is transcribed into Hindi but the Assamese word “Uttor” is used.
None for East or South either. For West, we have this one near Kozhikode:
Here, West and Hill have been transcribed into Hindi and Malayalam and not translated.
There used to be a Westpoint Halt near Darjeeling listed in older timetables. That used to serve a school with this name.
Finally, this station in the Hyderabad area:
There is nothing unusual about the station sign. The station itself is unusual, as a large number of EMUs of the Hyderabad MMTS do not stop there, but many regular passenger trains and a couple of expresses do stop there.
The reason is not very clear. It has been around for a long time and has a large goods yard. Maybe because road access was difficult, a new MMTS station was built at Bharatnagar about 1 km away which is served by the EMUs but not by other passenger trains. This is probably unique in India as a station which EMUs skip but where long-distance trains have a stoppage.
And there is something od(d) about this station, which is one of the two stations in India (along with Ib) which have two-letter names. It was listed as Ode in older timetables.
Note the famous railway writer Vimlesh Chandra in this picture.