In the year 2013, Gorakhpur loop line (Metre Gauge) from Gonda via Balrampur started converted in to Broad Gauge. So in June 2014, the Washing Pitline at Gonda Railway Yard was scrapped. After that Gonda has not had a washing pitline to till date. The Railway Board announced the construction of two washing pitline at a cost of 16 crores in the 2018-19 budget. For which the Railway Board gave the budget to North Eastern Railway. In the same sequence, the work of constructing two Washing pitline of 8 – 8 crores near the Eastern End of Gonda Railway Yard Near Soni Gumti has started on a War Footing. Along with the formation of washing pitline, the number of employees of at Gonda Railway Station will increase by about 3000 as well as Gonda Railway Station will be identified on the lines of Gorakhpur and Lucknow. This yard will be counted in second number of North Eastern Railway.
The length of the washing pitline to be built at a cost of 16 crores will be 650 meters. In which a rake of 26 Coaches can be stacked, which can be washed and cleaned simultaneously. This means two trains will stand on two lines. The first pitline will be for DEMU and MEMU trains, while the second will be for Express and Passenger trains.
The history of the Gonda washing pitline is that when the Gonda Railway yard was completely metre gauge, the washing pitline was in platform number 1 the end, in railway yard. As the metre gauge line decreased, this washing pitline was discontinued in 1982. After that the new washing pitline was built near the railway loco shed, in the platform number 5 end, which was closed in June 2014. Since then the Gonda Railway Yard did not had a washing pitline.
The Gonda Railway Yard will be ready by May 2020 as the number second of the North Eastern Railway, which will be equipped with Modern and Automated Technology. In this sequence, two washing pitline will also become operational in Gonda Yard. Dr. Monika Agnihotri, DRM Lucknow Division, North Eastern Railway