Ten Interesting Facts about Indian Railways

The Indian Railways has always been intriguing to passengers and onlookers. It is one of the most comfortable modes of travelling from one place to another in a big country such as India. After all, it is the world’s largest railway network that carries millions of passengers each day. For some, it is just a vehicle while, for many, the Railways is the lifeline that they cannot imagine life without. The Indian Railways is a large setup that has many other transportation systems depending on it. There is a special ministry dedicated to railways and a set budget too. This itself explains the importance of the railways in the country.

Over the years, the Railways has evolved and improved. From live train running to online booking, there are many new technologies introduced in the Railways that most of us are aware of.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the Indian Railways that you might not have known –

  1. The Indian Railways ran its first train on April 16, 1853. The first train travelled from Mumbai to Thane. The day was so special that a public holiday was declared!
  2. India has four railway stations that have been declared as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Among them are the three Indian Mountain Railways – the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Kalka Shimla Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railways. These are stations with the most picturesque views. The fourth station is The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. It is an amazing building with Gothic art and Indian architecture.
  3. If you think that Indian Railways is only about local trains, you are wrong. There are luxury trains that can take your breath away too. Five luxurious trains are redefining the railway services, and they are –
  • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
  • Palace on Wheels
  • The Golden Chariot
  • The Maharajas’ Express
  • The Deccan Odyssey

These are certainly the pride of the Indian Railways as well as the country.

  1. The Indian Railways runs 11,000 trains each day over 60,000 km long tracks. More than 1.54 million people are working in the Indian railways. It is the seventh largest employer in the world.
  2. The longest route train runs between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari. It covers a distance of 4,286 km in 82.30 hours. There are a total of 56 stops on the way. The shortest distance covered by a train is 3km. This train runs from Nagpur to Ajni.
  3. Did you know that the Indian Railways has a mascot too? It is an elephant dressed as a railway guard? He is named as Bholu.
  4. The fans and lights in the trains run on 110 volts and not 220 volts, the standard Indian voltage. This is to avoid theft and reuse of the appliances.
  5. There are eight railway museums in India. Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata, Chennai, Mysore, Pune, Ghum, and Tiruchirapalli all have a railway museum.
  6. Indian Railways has about 7,172 railway stations all over India.
  7. Indian Railways has a separate ministry reserved for it. There is a budget that is kept aside just for the railways, and there is a railway minister too.

These are some interesting facts about Indian railways.

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