The Indian Railways that came into existence from the British Rule is considered to be presented the main backbone of transporting goods and people all over the country. Its role and significance in improving the economy of the country and helping to move about freely, safely and quickly cannot be denied. Rather, it has been termed to play a positive role in supporting the country grow and to link different cities and towns and reach the nooks and corners. The last one and half-century has witnessed the Indian Railways to surpass several milestones set by it from time to time. Since independence, Indian Railways has been growing at a steady rate, with new stations and trains being introduced every now and then.
It is also recognized as the largest railway network in entire Asia as well as the world’s leading and efficient railway system running under an individual administration. The staff employed by Indian Railways is considered to be over one and half million, thereby making it the most employed organization in the country as well as the world.
Some interesting facts to know about Indian Railways
- There are around 7600 railway stations operating in the country and new additions are being made every now and then to cater to the increasing needs and demands of the growing population.
- It boasts of having a fleet of over 7800 locomotives, 40,000 coaches, 3,26,000 wagons with further additions being made to accommodate growing needs.
- At New Delhi was established National Rail Museum that displays the beautiful history of Indian Railways and its transition with time.
- The first passenger train to run in India was between Mumbai (Bombay) and Thane on 16th April, 1853.
- Parsik Tunnel is the first rail tunnel.
- Bhore and Thal Ghats were the first ghats to be enclosed by rail lines.
- Kolkata (Calcutta) METRO is the first underground railway to operate in the country during the early 80’s.
- The first computer reservations started operating in 1986 in New Delhi.
- The first electric coach had run between the stations Bombay VT & Kurla on 3rd February 1925.
- Ibis the shortest name that any station in the country has and is located in Odisha state.
- Lucknow is the busiest among all Indian Railway stations with more than 64 trains arriving on a daily basis.
- Himsagar Express takes the longest time to reach its destination by about 74 hours & 55 minutes. It travels to Kanyakumari from Jammu, covering an approximate distance of 3751 km.
- The shortest route run by any train in the country is just 3 km between Nagpur and Ajni.
- The longest non-stop train is Trivandrum Rajdhani that covers a distance of about 528 km within 6 and half hours.
- The longest tunnel of the country is of Konkan Railways between Khandala and Monkey Hill, covering around 6.5 km.
- The UNESCO World Heritage train is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways running between Siliguri and Darjeeling at a height of about 2134m.
The above facts are not only astonishing about Indian Railways but also show the kind of progress, it has made since its introduction. Now, get quality Train Food Delivery sitting at the seat!