14 Interesting Facts about Indian Railways

PC : Prithvi Raj
1. The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways everyday, equals three & half times the distance to moon. 
2. The first train on Indian soil ran between Bombay and Thane on the 16th of April 1853. 
3. IR has about 65,436 route kms. of track. 
4. IR employs about 1.307 million people. 
5. It carries over 23 million passengers & 1.3 million tones of freight everyday. 
6. It runs about 14,300 trains daily. 
7. IR has about 7,172 railway stations. 
8. The longest platform in the world is at Gorakhpur and is 4,483 ft. in length. 
9. Nehru Setu on Sone River is the longest Railway bridge. 
10. 42 Railway companies operated in the country before independence. 
11. Electric Locomotives are manufactured at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan. 
12. Coaches are manufactured at ICF/Chennai, RCF/Kapurthala and BEML/Bangaluru. 
13. The national Rail Museum at New Delhi was set-up in 1977. 
14. Classes of travel on Indian Railway: Ist AC, 2nd AC, 3rd AC, AC Chair Car, IInd sleeper & IInd ordinary.

Additional Facts :

First Passenger Train Ran On : 16th April 1853 (between Bombay to Thane) 
First Railway Bridge : Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route 
First Rail Tunnel : Parsik Tunnel 
First Ghats Covered by the Rail lines : Thal and Bhore Ghats 
First Underground Railway : Calcutta METRO 
First Computerized Reservation System started in : New Delhi (1986) 
First Electric Train ran on : 3rd Feb' 1925 (between Bombay VT and Kurla) 
Toilets on Trains were introduced in : 1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes) 
Shortest Station Name : Ib (Orissa) 
Longest Station Name : Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Andhra Pradesh) 
Busiest Railway Station : Lucknow (64 trains everyday) 
Longest Run (Time) : Vivek Express (3,715 km in Approx 71 hrs) 
Shortest Run : Route between Nagpur to Ajni (3km) 
Longest Run for Daily Train : Kerala Express (3,054 km in 42.5 hrs) 
Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance) : Trivandrum Rajdhani (528 km in 6.5 hrs) 
Longest Railway Platform in the World : Gorakhpur (4,483 ft in length) 
Longest Railway Bridge : Nehru Setu on Sone River (10,044 ft in length) 
Longest Tunnel : Karbude On Konkan Railway between Monkey hill & Khandala (6.5 km) 
Oldest Preserved Locomotive : Fairy Queen (1855), still in working order 
Indian Railway's Fastest Train : Bhopal-Shatabdi (runs at a speed up to 140 Km/ph) 
Train with Maximum Number of Halts :Howrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts)

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