Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,436 km (40,660 mi) and 7,172 stations
Presenting 22 Interesting ,Amazing & Unknown Facts about Indian Railways.
1# A recent book found in IIT Roorkee library mentions that the first train in the country had run between Roorkee and Piran Kaliyar on December 22, 1851 and not two years later as widely known. The first train in India ran on 16 April, 1853 between Mumbai and Thane.
2# The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways everyday, equals three & half times the distance to moon
3# Fastest train in India New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India. The all air-conditioned superfast train clocks a maximum speed of 150km/h on the Faridabad-Agra section. It also has the highest commercial speed – 89.87 km/h- and covers the 704 km New Delhi – Bhopal stretch in 7 hours 50 minutes.
4# Metupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger which runs at a speed of 10kmph, 15 times slower than fastest running train. Since this train runs in hilly region there are speed limits to comply.
5# Most unreliable train in Indian Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum Express ,It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours. Gosh!
6# Vivek Express from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari travels a distance of 4273 km, making it the longest run in terms of total time and distance in Indian Railways
7# Scheduled services between Nagpur and Ajni stations situated just 3km from each other – primarily meant for crew to travel from Nagpur station to the workshop at Ajni.
8# Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express travels the 528km stretch between Vadodara and Kota non-stop.
9# Srirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which are both at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track.
10# Northernmost railway station is Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. Westernmost is Naliya near Bhuj in Gujarat. Southernmost railway station is Kanyakumari, while the last station on the east of India is Ledo on branch line from Tinsukia.
11# Back in the old days, elephants were used to position the cartridges
12# Railway Station with all the Three Gauges is Siliguri Railway Station
13# Indian Railway is constructing the highest rail bridge over Chenab, in J&K
14# The Indian Railways website gets close to 12 Lakh hits per minute
15# If the tracks of Indian railways were to be laid out, they would circle the earth almost 1.5 times
16# The station with the longest name is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta
17# About 11.57 lakh berths and seats are booked a day, out of which tatkal accounts for 1.71 lakh seats and berths on 2677 trains.
18# The longest tunnel in the country is 11.215 kilometers long, It is the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in J&K
19# Indian Railways has a mascot – Bholu, the Guard Elephant
20# Howrah-Amritsar Express has 115 stops, the record maximum for an Express train.
21# In 1986, Indian Railways started its first computerized reservation in New Delhi.
22# With a length of 1366 metres, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is the longest platform in the world.
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