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In 1854 the then British Government in India started building a rail link from Kolkata to the coalfields in Bardhaman district. (This was the second railway line constructed in India after the first one from Bombay to Thaney in 1853). The line started from Howrah, then a small town at the west shore of the river Ganga opposite to Kolkata. At first it was a single line track and a station at Howrah was built for goods only. It was a small shed with a few warehouses beside it and a ticket counter. However traffic gradually increased and the station building was extended. Due to heavy increment of traffic a new station building was proposed in 1901. Designed by British engineer Halsey Ricardo, the station was brought into service on 1 December 1905. This building is the current Howrah station building. The station is served by the Estern Railway for trains to Burdwan and points North along the Ganges and by the South Eastern railway for points West to Mumbai and South to Chennai; South Eastern railway was previous known as the Bengal-Nagpur Railway (BNR, affectionaltely called "Be Never Regular" because of its notorious tardiness).

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