20 Mind-Blowing Facts ABout Indian Railways

Indian railways have helped nation travel for the past 165 years. It has 16 zones with over 7112 stations and over a route of 65808 Km. There are...

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Facts About Indian Railways

Indian railways have helped nation travel for the past 165 years. It has 16 zones with over 7112 stations and over a route of 65808 Km. There are numerous mind-blowing facts about Indian Railways. Let’s have a look at some of them.

Facts About Indian Railways

1. Maiden Journey

Indian Railway First Journey

The first train on Indian soil took it’s maiden Journey from Mumbai to Thane on April 16, 1853. The day was declared a public Holiday.

2. Largest Rail Network in Asia

Indian Railways is the largest rail-netwrok in Asia and second largest in the world.

3. Carries 23 Million Passengers Daily

Boarding a mornig train

It carries well over 23 Million passengers daily (the entire population of Australia).

4. World’s Largest Route Relay Interlocking System

The New Delhi Railway Station has secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records for having the world’s largest Route Relay Interlocking System.

5. Amongst Largest Employer

Indian Railways is one of the world largest employers with over 1.4 million people it ranks #7 according to Economist Magazine.

6. Oldest Working Steam Locomotive

The Fairy Queen Train
The Fairy Queen Train

The Fairy Queen train that runs between New Delhi and Alwar, Rajasthan is the oldest functioning steam locomotive in the world. The train was certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1998.

7. Longest Running Non-Stop Train

Trivandrum Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express is the longest running non-stop train that covers a distance of 528 km without even a single stop.

8. Highest Rail Bridges in the World

Chenab Railway Bridge, Reasi district, Jammu & Kashmir

The under-construction Chenab railway bridge in Reasi district, Jammu & Kashmir will be the tallest railway bridge in the world.

Five times taller than Qutab Minar.

9. World’s Lonest Railway Platform

Gorakhpur Junction - World's Longest Railway Platform
Gorakhpur Junction – World’s Longest Railway Platform

Gorakhpur Junction railway station is the world’s longest railway platform (length of 1,366.33 m).

10. Slowest Train in India

Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri passenger train is the slowest train in India. It runs at a speed of 10 Km/h.

11. Highest Railway Station in India

Ghum Railway station
Ghum Railway station

Ghum Railway station of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the highest railway station in India.

12. Train Finally Had Toilets

After than 50 years of formation of Indian railways, train finally had toilets. Thanks goes to a passenger Okhil Chandra Sen who wrote a furous letter to Indian Railway in 1909.

The transcript of the letter can still be seen on display in Railway Museum.

13. Longest Tunnel

Pir Panjal Railway tunnel
Pir Panjal Railway tunnel

The longest tunnel is Pir Panjal Railway tunnel, Jammu and Kashmir. It is 11.25 km long.

14. Most Unreliable Long Distance Train

The Guwahati Thiruvananthapuram Express holds the record for the most unreliable train. On an average, it gets delayed 10-12 hours.

15. Longest Rail Bridge

Vembanad Rail Bridge - Longest Rail Bridge in India
Vembanad Rail Bridge – Longest Rail Bridge in India

The longest rail bridge in Indian Railways is Vembanad Rail Bridge, Kerala. It is 4.62 km long.

16. Shortest Name

Ib Railway station of Odisha has the shortest name in the station of the Indian Railways

17. Oldest Railway System

Mumbai Suburban Railway System
Mumbai Suburban Railway

Mumbai Suburban railway is the oldest railway system of Asia.

18. Largest Rail Museum

Rail Museum, Delhi
Rail Museum, Delhi

There are eight railway museums in India – Chennai, Delhi, Ghum, Pune, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mysore and Tiruchirapalli. Out of these the Rail Museum in Delhi is the largest in Asia.

19. Railway Line 1.5 times of earth

If the tracks of Indian railways were to be laid out, they would circle the earth almost 1.5 times.

20. Maximum Stoppage

The Howrah-Amritsar Express has a total of 115 stops, which is the record maximum for an Express train.

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