Facts About Indian Railways

Indian Rail Info

Indian Railway is the rail network of India. Indian Railway’s operating route length is more than 65,000 km and it is operated and maintained by the Ministry of Railways of India. Let’s see some facts about Indian railways.

Facts about Indian railways


On 16th April 1853, India’s First Train ran. It ran from Bombay to Thane.

India’s first rail track was built by two Indians – Jaganath Shunkerseth and Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy. 

Average 30 million passengers per day

Everyday average 30 million passengers use rails as a transport medium. It is the greater number than the population of Australia. From April 2017 to March 2018, 8.26 billion passengers and transport 1.16 billion tonnes of freight transported by Indian Railways.

World’s biggest employer list

Indian Railways ranked on 8th place in the list of world’s biggest employer. 1.4 million (March 2015) employees are working with Indian Railways.

17 Zones

India is so big that Indian Railways is divided into seventeen (17) zones for smooth operations.

22,200 trains per day

Every single day 22,200 trains run in which 13000 are the passenger trains and 9,200 are freight (malgaddi) trains.

Average speed of trains

Passenger trains run at the average speed of 50.6 kilometres per hour (31.4 mph) and freight (malgaddi) trains runs at the average speed of 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph).

Slowest Train

Slowest train in India run at a speed of  10 kilometres per hour (6.2 miles per hour). The train is called Metupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger.

Fastest Train

Gatimaan Express (New Delhi to Agra) is the fastest train in India. The train runs at the speed of 188 kilometres per hour (116.818 miles per hour )

Maximum Stops for Express

facts about Indian railways

The record of maximum stops for an Express train is held by Howrah-Amritsar Express. it has 115 stops.

World’s longest platform

In Gorakhpur, UP (Uttar Pradesh) world’s longest railways platform is located. The length of the platform is 1.3 kilometre.

Most unreliable train

In India, train delay is very common. But Guwahati-Trivandrum Express is the most unreliable. Its average delay time is 10-12 hours in the journey.

Some more Indian Rail Info

In starting,  for 50 years there were no toilets in the trains.

Longest station name of India is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta.

World’s largest route relay interlocking system is installed in New Delhi Main Station

First computerized reservation was started in 1986 at New Delhi.

facts about Indian railways
facts about Indian railways

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka–Shimla Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway are three Toy trains ( mountain trains ) are given the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.   

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