Kharagpur Junction came up in 1898-99. On one side, Bengal Nagpur Railwayâ€™s Kharagpur-Cuttack line was opened on New Yearâ€™s Day in 1899. On the other hand, the opening of the bridge over the Rupnarayan River at Kolaghat, on 19 April 1900, connected Howrah with Kharagpur. Kharagpur was also linked with Sini the same year. The line was ready in 1898-99. The Kharagpur-Midnapore branch line was opened to traffic in 1901
Second longest platform in the world.
After Gorakhpur, Kharagpur has the world’s second longest railway platform in the world with a length of 1,072.5 metres (3,519 ft). Remodelling of Gorakhpur railway station was completed and the new platform inaugurated on 6 October 2013. Till then Kharagpur boasted of the longest platform in the world for many years.