Indian Railways

Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world. It employs more than 1.6 million people in the country. Indian Railways is one of the fastest growing rail networks in the world too. It is also the lifeline of more than billion people and used by millions of people daily in every part of the country.

In this article, we have provided some of the best, mind blowing, interesting, important, unknown, amazing, unique, and fun facts about Indian Railways. So, let’s enjoy!

12 Amazing and Interesting Facts About Indian Railways

1. Indian Railways Workforce is larger than the population of many countries

Indian Railways is one of the largest employers in the world. It has more than 1.6 million employees across the world. The workforce is more than the population of many tiny nations such as Iceland, Vatican City, Estonia, Cyprus, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, and a few others.

Indian Railways Employees
Indian Railways Employees

2. One Location Has Two Railway Stations

In the state of Maharashtra, you would find two railway stations, namely Belapur and Shrirampur on the same location but on the opposite sides of the track.

Belapur Junction
Belapur Junction

3. World’s Oldest Working Steam Engine

The Fairy Queen was manufactured in 1855 which is still in the working condition and considered as the oldest functioning steam engine in the world.

The Fairy Queen Train
The Fairy Queen Train

4. World’s Longest Railway Platform

Indian Railways has many world record in its name. In terms of length, Gorakhpur railway platform is the longest railway platform in the world, measuring 1.35 km.

Gorakhpur Railway Platform
Gorakhpur Railway Platform

5. Computerized Reservation Started in 1986

The first computerized reservation was done in New Delhi in 1986 to reduce the manual work.

6. Indian Railways Carries More Passengers Daily Than The Population of Australia and New Zealand Combined

According to the latest data, the Indian Railways carries more than 25 million passengers per day. It is more than the combined population of Tasmania, Australia, and New Zealand.

7. One of the cheapest rail fares in the world

Indian Railways is widely known for its budget trips around the world. You would need to pay ten times more in any budget train in Europe compared to the Indian Railways long distance train.

8. Only Terminus Listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or CST is the only terminus which is listed in the list of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located in the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

9. The First Journey Was Started in 1853

The first train journey was started on April 16, 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. It was a public holiday and people were amazed by seeing the first train in their life.

10. Asia’s Largest Rail Network

Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and the second largest rail network in the world. It carries more than 23 million passengers daily.

11. World’s largest Route Relay Interlocking System

The New Delhi Railway Station was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest route relay interlocking system in the world.

12. Chenab Railway Bridge – One of the Highest Railway Bridges in the World

Chenab Railway Bridge is located in the district of Reasi in Jammu Kashmir state. It is one of the highest rail bridges in the world. It is five times higher than the marvelous Qutab Minar and taller than the famous Eiffel Tower.

Article first published on April 14, 2016.

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