9 Incredible Facts about Indian Railways That You Probably Did Not Know

There are several things you probably do not know about Indian Railways trains and how the entire system works!

Indian Railways – is the lifeline of the transport system in India, with a huge setup and is a landmark for its people. Around 14,300 trains run every day, which touches around 8000 stations all across the country. Indian Railways carries around 23 million passengers every day and plays a significant role in the development and growth of the economy. It provides the cheapest and most convenient mode of passenger service for long distance and suburban traffic. Below are 9 interesting facts about Indian Railways one might not be aware of.

1) Indian Railways is the largest network to be operated by a single government and the world’s third largest with a total length of 127,760km: The annual figures show that 8421 million passengers travel on 9991 trains which connect 7,172 stations across the country. The number of daily passengers on the railways is larger than the population of the country. 

2)Indian Railways listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage site – The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Indian Mountain Railways: The Indian Mountain Railways include 3 railways – The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Nilgiri Mountain Railways, and Kalka-Shimla Railway. All these three trains have been functioning for around 100 years. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus formally known as the Victorian Terminus Station is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture with a fusion of themes derived from Indian traditional architecture. 

3) Indian Railways has 5 luxury trains: The five luxury trains include - Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Palace on Wheels in Rajasthan, The Golden Chariot in Karnataka and Goa, The Maharajas’ Express which begins in Delhi and The Deccan Odyssey which begins in Maharashtra. These trains have been designed to redefine executive travel. They are the pride of Indian Railways as they hold an eminent position among the luxury trains of the world. 

4) The Vivek Express travels a distance of 4273 km, the longest run in the Railways between Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari. The shortest run service is between Nagpur and Ajni – a distance of 3 km. The Vivek Express was started to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swamy Vivekananda. It is the 9th longest train in the world.

5) The Indian Railways function on an operating ratio of 94%: Indian Railways spends 94 paise on every rupee it earns – The railways saves Rs 4 from every Rs 100 earned, which is very less. There are several steps taken to keep the expenditure within limits and increasing the revenue, by adopting suitable measures.

6) Indian Railways is constructed the world’s highest rail bridge over river Chenab, Jammu & Kashmir: The bridge will be 1315 meters long, built at a height of 359 m and will use 25,000 tons of steel. The work on the project has commenced in 2010 and is expected to be finished this year.

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7) The longest tunnel in the country is Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir, which is 11.25 km long: The tunnel T-80 is through the Pir Panjal mountain range between Quazigund and Baramulla which links Jammu & Kashmir to the rest of the country and is operational since 2009.

8) The busiest junction in the country is the Howrah junction in Kolkata with 974 trains stopping there daily: Servicing the city of Kolkata the Howrah junction Railway station has the highest train handling capacity with 23 platforms and 974 trains arriving/departing on a daily basis. In terms of passenger volume per day, it is regarded as the busiest station in India.

9) The oldest working Indian locomotive still in use is the Fairy Queen: It is certified as the oldest working steam locomotive by Guinness Book of World Records. The Fairy Queen built in 1885 operates between Delhi to Alwar and works with a steam engine.



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