Real Facts About Indian Railways

Real Facts About Indian Railways:
Real Facts About Indian Railways

1). Indian Railways started its service 161 years ago on 16 April 1853 when the first passenger train was run over a stretch of 33 kilometres from Mumbai to Thane. The train with 14 railway carriages, carrying around 400 guests, left Bori Bunder at 3:30 p.m. that day. It was declared a public holiday then.

2). Nationalised in 1951, Indian Railways is today the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest network operated under a single management. It has 115,000 km of track length. It runs 12,617 trains to carry over 23 million passengers daily – equivalent to moving the entire population of Australia – connecting more than 7,172 stations.

3). Railways runs more than 7,421 freight trains carrying 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight every day. It has entered a select club of railways that includes China, Russia and USA in carrying more than one billion tons of freight annually. Indian Railways has over 239,281 freight wagons, 59,713 passenger coaches and 9,549 locomotives.

First/Longest/Oldest in Indian Railways:

First Passenger Train Ran On
16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane)
First Railway Bridge
Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route
First Rail Tunnel
Parsik Tunnel
First Ghats Covered by the Rail lines
Thal and Bhore Ghats
First Underground Railway
Calcutta METRO
First Computerized Reservation System started in
New Delhi (1986)
First Electric Train ran on
3rd Feb' 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla)
Toilets on Trains were introduced in
1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes)
Shortest Station Name
Ib (Orissa)
Longest Station Name
Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu)
Busiest Railway Station
Lucknow (64 trains everyday)
Longest Run (Time)
Vivek Express (3715 km in Approx 71 hrs)
Shortest Run
Route between Nagpur to Ajni (3km)
Longest Run for Daily Train
Kerala Express (3054 km in 42.5 hrs)
Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance)
Trivandrum Rajdhani (528 km in 6.5 hrs)
Longest Railway Platform in the World
Kharagpur (2,733 ft in length)
Longest Railway Bridge
Nehru Setu on Sone River (10044ft in length)
Longest Tunnel
Karbude On Konkan Railway between Monkey hill & Khandala (6.5 km)
Oldest Preserved Locomotive
Fairy Queen (1855), still in working order
Indian Railway's Fastest Train
Bhopal-Shatabdi (runs at a speed up to 140 Km/ph)
Train with Maximum Number of Halts
Howrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts)