Friday, January 30, 2015

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

There are many Railway Stations in Pakistan, which are not functional today. Sakrand a city in Sindh Province says something similar.

Sakrand: Last train crossed through this Railway Station was 24 years ago, but the building still is good to be used for gathering purposes for locals. Time impact on the structure must be set, but it can still feel the glory of this Railway Station as compared to other Railway Buildings across the Subcontinent. It sets a cornerstone in the history of Railway Buildings. These railway lines aroused our memories with emotions linked to the history.


A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

While travelling from Karachi to Nawabshah, I decided to stay for some time at Sakrand. Mounting towards Sakrand, street walls brought my attention that all walls were filled with telecom packages advertisements.



A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991


A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991


Sakrand station can be found in the quiet outskirts of town.

Station’s walls were filled with posters and slogans of political leaders and when I entered the premises, I found myself standing in the middle of a group of people. The noise here is reminiscent of a small market and the fact that it has become a small market of mobile phones. Beyond the control of mobile devices in our nation's interest and thus these kinds of markets are providing the facilities to stay in touch.

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991


Inside the building, different small groups of people were walking around the building while there was no railway lines on railway track, although buffaloes were resting in the sun’s rays while trembling with cold. In the corner of the Railway Station, there is a Parcel warehouse, which is also being used. A Snooker pool table has been placed inside the warehouse, where children were busy in playing snooker. There were some old calendars hanging on the walls while a bulb was there on ceiling.

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991


We came out from there. People wanted to know whether we are linked with Railway headquarters and if we can do anything for the restoration of railway services in Sakrand?

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991

A Railway Station Awaits for Train Since 1991



In past Sakrand Railway Station was one of the busiest Railway Junction, which was built in 1936. It was connecting Bhitt Shah and Nawabshah and other towns with rest of country. People told us that the last train which was routed from here in 1991. Pakistan Government suspended their railway operations due to no revenue generation from this Railway Station. However, local people are still hopeful that one day the Railways Services will be restored.

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