Akola Junction serves Akola in Akola district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is an important junction station on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. There is a broad gauge line to Secunderabad railway station and the metre gauge Akola-Ratlam line is under gauge conversion.
The first train in India travelled from Mumbai to Thane on 16 April 1853. By May, 1854, Great Indian Peninsula Railway's Bombay-Thane line was extended to Kalyan. Bhusawal railway station was set up in 1860 and in 1867 the GIPR branch line was extended to Nagpur.
The railways in the Bhusawal area were electrified in 1989–90.
There earlier existed a 1469km long metre gauge line from Jaipur to Secunderabad via Akola. Out of this Jaipur to Indore and the Secunderabad-Purna-Akola sections have already been converted to broad gauge and conversion of the Ratlam-Akola section was approved for conversion in 2008 work until Mhow has been completed and conversion of.Mhow-Khandwa already began.
Amenities at Akola railway station include: computerized reservation office, subscriber trunk dialling/public call office booth, waiting room, retiring room, vegetarian and non-vegetarian refreshments, and book stall.
Akola railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway. 138 trains (including weeklies and bi-weeklies) pass through Akola railway station.