Indian Railway Facts

The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railway everyday, equals three & half times the distance to moon. The first train on Indian soil ran between Bombay and Thane on the 16th of April 1853.

Following are the some of the important Indian Railway Facts

  • IR has about 63,028 route kms. of track
  • IR employs about 1.55 million people
  • It carries over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tones of freight everyday
  • It runs about 14,300 trains daily
  • IR has about 7,000 railway stations
  • The longest platform in the world is at Kharagpur and is 2,733 ft. in length
  • Nehru Setu on Sone River is the longest Railway bridge
  • 42 Railway companies operated in the country before independence
  • Electric Locomotives are manufactured at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan
  • Coaches are manufactured at ICF/Chennai, RCF/Kapurthala and BEML/Bangaluru
  • The national Rail Museum at New Delhi was set-up in 1977
  • People Employed in Indian Railway are about 1.6 million
  • Stations across State Lines are Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat) and Bhawani Mandi (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan)
  • Classes of travel on Indian Railway: Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Chair Car IInd sleeper & IInd ordinary
  • Railway Station with all the Three Gauges is Siliguri Railway Station

Also Read: 20 Reasons to Be Proud of Indian Railways

First/Longest/Oldest in Indian Railways

First Passenger Train Ran On16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane)
First Railway BridgeDapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route
First Rail TunnelParsik Tunnel
First Ghats Covered by the Rail linesThal and Bhore Ghats
First Underground RailwayCalcutta METRO
First Computerized Reservation System started inNew Delhi (1986)
First Electric Train ran on3rd Feb’ 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla)
Toilets on Trains were introduced in1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes)
Shortest Station NameIb (Orissa)
Longest Station NameSri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu)
Busiest Railway StationLucknow (64 trains everyday)
Longest Run (Time)Vivek Express (3715 km in Approx 71 hrs)
Shortest RunRoute between Nagpur to Ajni (3km)
Longest Run for Daily TrainKerala 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 WorldKharagpur (2,733 ft in length)
Longest Railway BridgeNehru Setu on Sone River (10044ft in length)
Longest TunnelKarbude On Konkan Railway between Monkey hill & Khandala (6.5 km)
Oldest Preserved LocomotiveFairy Queen (1855), still in working order
Indian Railway’s Fastest TrainBhopal-Shatabdi (runs at a speed up to 140 Km/ph)
Train with Maximum Number of HaltsHowrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts)

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