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Indian Railways (IR) is one of the world’s largest railway networks with a track route length of approximately 41,861mi (67,368-kilometre). IR consists of passengers, freight, Suburban rail systems, tourist, luxury trains, and toy trains.
Indian Railways currently has 7,349 operating railway stations, across India. It operates on a multi-gauge network of broad, meter, and narrow gauges. Indian Railways is divided into 18 zones.
Indian Railway(IR) runs more than 20,000 passenger train daily. Interesting!!! Isn’t it?
Today we are going to see Top 51 Interesting Facts About Indian Railways!!!
- Indian Railways (IR) is the fourth-largest rail network in the world.
- In India on the 16th of April 1853, the first train ran between Bombay and Thane. It covers a distance of 33Km. and Interestingly, this day was declared a Public Holiday.
- 21 million trips per day are carried by Indian Railways.
- Indian Railways has over 1.4 million employees which make its 8th largest employer.
- The New Delhi Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India, It is operated between New Delhi and Bhopal Junction.
- Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express or Kanyakumari Vivek Express is the longest train route in India.
- Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta railway station is the longest name and the Ib Railway station of Odisha has the shortest name among all the stations in the Indian Railway system.
- The largest railway marshalling yard of Asia is in the Mughalsarai Junction railway station.
- Indian railway gives there highest priority to the Rajdhani Express trains on their rail network.
- With a length of 1,366.33 meters, Gorakhpur Junction railway station is the world’s longest railway platform.
- Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri passenger train runs at a speed of 10kmph which makes it the Slowest train in India. It is approximately 16 times slower than the fastest train in India.
- Kolkata Metro zone of Indian Railways will run underwater metro of 1500ft length in India under the Hooghly River between Mahakaran and Howrah station and also it is the first underground metro railway system in India.
- The oldest functioning steam engine in the world is The Fairy Queen which operates between New Delhi and Alwar, Rajasthan and it was certified by Guinness Book of world record.
- Trivandrum Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express covers a distance of 528 km without a single stop.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai, Maharashtra is considered the most beautiful train station in India.
- The most expensive and luxury train in India is The Maharaja Express.
- With the train frequency of 974, Howrah is the busiest railway station in India.
- The highest railway station in India is Ghum Railway station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
- With a total length of 4.62 Km, the Vembanad Rail Bridge of Kerala is the longest in India and it is dedicated to only freight transport.
- On 3 February 1925, the First electric train In India ran between Bombay Victoria Terminal and Kurla Harbour.
- With a total length of 11.215 Km, the Pir Panjal Rail Tunnel is India’s longest railway tunnel.
- The most beautiful train route of Indian Railways is Konkan Railway Train Route.
- The oldest railway system in Asia is Mumbai Suburban Railway.
- The Largest Rail Museum of Asia is located in Delhi.
- The New Delhi Railway Station has the world’s largest Route Relay Interlocking System and for this, it also holds a Guinness Book of World Record.
- Ernakulam Hazrat Nizammudin Duronto is the longest Duronto express in Indian Railway System.
- Salaries of Loco-pilots of Indian Railways is more than an average software engineer in India.
- Indian Railways has a track route of 41,861mi (67,368-kilometre). If this track of Indian railways were to be laid out, they would circle the earth almost 1.5 times.
- The maximum number of routes emerges from Mathura junction.
- The Diamond crossing in Nagpur, Maharashtra is one-of-its-kind, from where trains go East, West, North, and South.
- Howrah-Amritsar Express has a record for the maximum number of stops for an Express train. It has 115 stops.
- The Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website can book 7,200 tickets per minute.
- Navapur Railway Station is built in 2 states; one half of it is in Gujrat and the other half is in Maharashtra.
- The shortest train services of Indian Railways of just 3Km is between Nagpur and Ajni.
- Indian Trains got toilets after Indian Railways (IR) completed 50 years.
- Indian Railways carries 1,110 million tonnes of freight in the fiscal year.
- Bholu, the Guard Elephant is the mascot of Indian Railways.
- The Darjeeling toy train is still running on its indigenous steam engine and it was built by India’s British colonial master in 1881.
- The first international border train in India was Samjhuata Express.
- On December 1, 2007, World AIDS Day, Indian Railways launched an AIDS/HIV awareness campaign train named “Red Ribbon Express”.
- India’s first double Decker train is Ahmedabad Mumbai Central Double Decker Express.
- Indian Railways Freight trains are only in the world with 1.5 km length, 3660 mm width and 7.1 m height clearance.
- Indian Railways’ Freight segment, rolling stock consisted of 277,987 freight wagons.
- 24 km/per hour is the average speed of freight trains in India.
- The broad gauge railway line generates 100% of the freight output.
- WAG-9 is the most powerful operating freight locomotive of Indian Railways.
- WAG-12, with a power output of 12,000 hp is the new electric freight locomotive of Indian Railways.
- 55% of the India Railway’s freight traffic runs through Golden Quadrilateral Freight Corridors.
- Indian Railways Freight transport service is responsible for transporting commodities across India.
- There is an International freight service link between Raxaul, Bihar and Birganj, Nepal.
- North Frontier Railway (NFR) Zone of Indian Railways launched the “Plan Bee” Initiative… A unique strategy to keep wild elephants away from railway track.
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