Visakhapatnam Railway Station is a major railway station located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. The railway station is under the control of East Coast Railway of Indian Railways. It stands on the Howrah-Chennai main line, though the mainline bypasses the Central Station. Consequently a suburban halt on the mainline near Vizag Steel Plant, known as Duvvada, is being developed into a major station to improve services for the city.An escalator was commissioned at Platform No. 4 and 5 of Visakhapatnam Railway Station on Ugadi Day.
The station is a terminal station. Trains must go back the same way as they come. This is a major issue as it takes a considerable amount of time for trains to enter and exit the station. Some trains don't reach the station. They only touch Duvvada. Even though there are many trains passing through Visakhapatnam. Each train takes up to 20 minutes to reverse the locomotive and depart.
With many trains arriving at the same time platforms are not always available. In case any train is late, the other trains are stopped at Duvvada or Vizianagaram. The Route Relay Interlocking (RRI) system, an arrangement of signal apparatus that prevents conflicting movements through an arrangement of tracks such as junctions or crossings, is said to be one of the major causes for these trains being held up after Duvvada Station.
There are over 5,000 people travelling between Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad everyday. To clear the rush, there are over 18 trains connecting Visakhapatnam and Secunderabad. The Godavari Express, one of the most prestigious trains of the South Central Railway, is considered the best way between the cities. However, the rush for the train is too high, that tickets have to be booked before two months from the journey.