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|Indian Railway Station
Khana Jn. railway station
|Location||Khana, Bardhaman, West Bengal
|Line(s)||Howrah-Delhi main line , Sahibganj Loop|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Previous names||East Indian Railway|
During the middle of the nineteenth century, M/s Carr, Tagore & Company transported coal from Narayankuri ghat on the Damodar River to Kolkata, then known as Calcutta. However, as the flow of water in the river was inconsistent, supplies were irregular. In order to capture the lucrative coal transport business, East Indian Railway, extended the railway track that had been laid between Kolkata and Hooghly to Raniganj in 1855.
Construction of what was then considered to be the Howrah-Delhi main line was started in 1859, when the Khana junction-Rajmahal line was built. In 1866 Kolkata and Delhi were directly linked. With the completion of the 406 kilometres (252 mi) long line connecting Raniganj with Kiul in 1871, a "shorter main line" was in position. Initially, it was called the chord line. However, as it attracted more traffic it was designated the main line and the original line, operating between Khana Junction and Kiul Junction, became the Sahibganj Loop.