A railway platform is a section pathway along rail tracks in a railway station where passengers may board or alight from trains or trams. An ideal platform is one which is at the same level as the floor of the train, although traditional ones are quite elevated compared to the rail track and those that are lower than the train floor.
Located in Uttar Pradesh, India, Gorakhpur railway station has the longest platform in the world since October 2013. It handles over 189 trains on a daily basis and serves ten local railway stations.
Initially, the meter-gauge rail was divided into three; the 135-mile meter-gauge Gonda loop, running between Gorakhpur and Gonda, Kaptanganj–Siwan metre-gauge line was opened in 1913 and the 25-mile (40 km) meter-gauge Nautanwa branch line was opened in 1925. These were then converted to a single broad-gauge since 1981 which would have made Gorakhpur to have three railway platforms.
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