We have recently covered stations which have been recently renamed in Karnataka. Here we take up a few more which have been renamed in the recent past, as well as those which were supposed to be renamed but have so far not been changed.
Starting with Sunam in Punjab, named after one of its famous sons:
Farah Town (between Mathura and Agra) now appears in railway databases as Deen Dayal Dham. No picture of the new sign could be found.
It was also announced that Mughal Sarai would also be named after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. But this does not appear in railway databases yet.
Similarly, Gurgaon is now officially Gurugram but the Railways have not made any changes yet.
Mhow has been renamed:
Not sure what special connection Dr Ambedkar had with Mhow.
And yet another one near Bhopal (thanks to the photographer who furnished this two-in -one picture).
Robertsganj in eastern UP was to be renamed Sonebhadra. The Railways have not implemented this yet:
Jagadhri (between Saharanpur and Ambala) has become Yamuna Nagar-Jagadhri. This has some logic as Yamunanagar is the larger and better known of the two.
Jagadhri Workshop station remains unchanged.
Malkhedi was renamed Bina Malkhedi, after a new bypass line caused many long-distance trains to skip Bina and stop at this station instead:
A similar case is seen in the bypass station of Chheoki, which has become Allahabad Chheoki to reduce confusion among passengers. However, unlike Bina Malkhedi, Chheoki was there since British times and was used by a limited number of trains such as the Imperial Mail. It was not used for a long time and started reappearing in timetables from the 2000s.
From Mumbai we have:
Elsewhere, a new station was supposed to be named Oshiwara. At the last moment it was changed to:
Another change was first reported in 2009 but has not occurred yet. Silchar was to be renamed Bhasa Shahid Silchar. It remains as it is:
A nice new building has come up recently:
However someone has put this little sign near the station entrance. So far it has not been disturbed:
The story behind this would be known to anyone familiar with the history of Cachar and adjoining districts.