Facts about Trains in India

Almost all of us has traveled by train once in our lifetime, but we never take an interest in the facts behind the railway express we traveled on. But let me tell you one thing, as soon as you start taking interests in the fact about Indian Railway you will ask for more and more. Indian railway network is one of the largest in the world with its vast varieties of the expressway which is one of the most important means of transport for daily commuters and people who want to travel long distance

Millions of passengers travel by train daily, and the service that the train authority puts to operate the railway network is immensely massive. You can say that Indian railway is the lifeline of the transport system of India. The massive network with the organization with numerous branches is dedicated to bringing up the full potential of Indian Railway.

You will be amazed by some of the facts about Indian Railways. The facts written below are all well researched and does not contain any assumed facts. All the facts are true in this article about the facts of Indian Railways.

So today we are going to look at very interesting facts about Indian railways

Here are the interesting facts about Indian Railways

  • The first train on Indian railway was initiated on 16 April 1853. That very first train traveled from Mumbai to Thane, it departed at 3:30 pm and arrived at the Thane station. It covered a total distance of 33 km. Another interesting fact in addition to this is that on this day, government declared a public holiday all over India
  • Indian railway network is the 4th largest network in the world and the largest in Asia.There are total of 7172 station in the Indian railway network and is connected by tracks on which 14000 trains runs
  • The trains in Indian railway carry goods weighing 3 million tonnes on a daily basis. There are 7421 freight train carrying this much amount of goods to its destination. Indian railway is the only railway network in Asia which transport more than one billion tonnes of goods annually
  • Indian railway gained 8th spot in most railway employees in the world. There are total of 1.4 million employees doing their railway service all across the railway network in India
  • Indian railway is set to construct the world highest railway bridge which is going to be located in Cherab River in Udhampur-Srinagar- Baramulla Rail which going to be linked to the Kashmir valley. This bridge will be 5 times the height of Qutub Minar and 35 meters taller than Eiffel Tower
  • The amount of passengers travel on Indian railway daily is more than the entire population Australia and many other countries. To be specific, it is 25 million passengers
  • The mascot of Indian railway was designed by the National Institute of Design and it is named Bholu. It is a guard elephant which was completed on 16th April 2002
  • The Fairy Queen which is still running on Indian railway is the oldest steam engine train the world. Fairy Queen has been registered in the Guinness book of the world record, and it has been awarded world heritage reward by International Tourist Bureau, Berlin
  • Electronic locomotive wag-9 in Indian railway can carry 24 coaches with its 6350 horsepower, and it can run at the speed of 140-160km/hr. This electronic locomotive is the most powerful train in Indian railway
  • Vivek express travels the longest route in Indian railway network. It covers the total distance of 4233 km and it runs from Dibrugarh Kanniyakumari. It covers its total distance in five days
  • MettupalayamOotyNilgiri Passenger train is the slowest train in Indian. It has a speed of 10km/hr
  • There are 115 halts in the Howrah Amritsar express train which is the most halts a train express has in India
  • Guwahati-Trivandrum express is the most reliable train in India because of its delays. It the average delay time of Guwahati-Trivandrum express is 10 – 12 hours
  • Maharaja Express is the most luxurious in the world and the most expensive train in India railway network. The price of this express ticket can cost up to Rs 20,000,000
  • Palace of Wheels is a tourist train in India and it does not allow Indian passenger to board the train initially
  • Unesco has declared two railways as a world heritage site. These two railways are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Indian Mountains Railways. These places are functioning for around 100 years now
  • The shortest railway route in Indian railway network is from Nagpur to Ajni. The total railway distance from Nagpur to Ajni is just 3 Km
  • There is diamond crossing which is one of a kind and it is located in Nagpur. This diamond crossing got its name like this because the train on this crossing can go to north, east west and south direction
  • The national railway museum is the largest railway museum in Asia. It is located in Delhi, the capital of India. There are other interesting railway museums in India which are located in Kolkata, Chennai, Ghum, Pune, Kanpur, Mysore and Tiruchirappalli
  • The operation ratio of Indian railway system is 94%. This ratio means that the authority of railway spends 94 paise on every rupee it earns
  • The train coaches are designed in a way that the resonance frequency of the suspension will match the heartbeat of a human body. The resonance frequency is kept at 1.2 Hz (72 Bpm). The reason why it matches with human heartbeat is for the comfortability of sleep inside a train
  • The longest train tunnel in the Indian Railway system is the PirPanjal Railway tunnel which is located in Kashmir. The tunnel is 11.25 Kms long
  • Almost all the junctions in India is busy all the time but the busiest junction in the Indian Railway system is the Howrah Junction and it is located in Kolkata. There are about 974 trains stopping by in that particular junction daily
  • All the electric appliances including fans and lights functions at 110 volts instead of the Indian standard 220 volts. This measure is taken as a very effective countermeasure against the possible thieve encounters

So these were all the interesting facts about Indian Railways. It is somehow a very proud thing to know that India Railway has excelled a lot of other great countries when it comes to railways. There is always a room for improvement though, and I’m sure the authority of Indian railway with Indian government will definitely work on improving the Indian railway. There some improvements needs in the Guwahati railway where there is a lot of delays and in some other parts as well. With all that, these are very interesting facts, and you can tell your friends about these facts to amaze them about how good our Indian railway is. There is no doubt that Indian railway is the lifeline of Indian transportation.

Hope you find these facts about Indian railways helpful and interesting.