23 Amazing Facts About The Indian Railways You Never Knew

The chugging of the train and the soothing vibrations manage to transform every traveller to a different space. Indian Railways – the World’s third largest Railway Network encompasses a host of facts that most of us are not aware of.

1. Indian Railway is constructing the highest rail bridge over Chenab, in J&K

Five times the height of Qutub Minar, it will be taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Indian Railway Bridge, Chenab, in J&K


2. Loco-pilots (train drivers) are paid more than an average software engineer

Salaries are the tune of Rs. 1 Lakh per month and more.

Indian Railway Locomotive Pilot

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3. No loco-pilot has abandoned the train even in the face of certain death


Accident of Indian Train


4. The Indian Railways website gets close to 12 Lakh hits per minute

Hourly traffic on IRTC.com is more than annual traffic of some of the most popular Indian websites. It can support almost 5 million threads at one time. But, we’ve got more people than that.

Hence the never ending trolls.

Indian Railway Website IRCTC


5. The slowest train goes uphill at the speed of 10 kilometers per hour

You can jump off the train, light up a smoke, take few drags and climb on the train again. It’s the Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train.

Indian Trains on Hill Station


6. If the tracks of Indian railways were to be laid out, they would circle the earth almost 1.5 times


Indian Railway Track


7. The trains got toilets after Indian Railways completed about 50 years!

Back then, passengers had to wait till the next station to answer the call of nature!

Thank Okhil Chandra for making Indian Railways do the needful. He wrote the following letter to Indian Railways and finally, there were toilets in 1909!

A letter to Indian Railway Authority


8. Back in the old days, elephants were used to position the cartridges

Indian Railways Old Pic

9. Its 161 years old!

16th April, 1853. That’s a long time ago.

Old Indian Train

10. The station with the longest name is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta

And it’s sometimes spelled with ‘Sri’ prefixed. Quite a mouthful.

Longest Indian Railway Station Name - Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta


11. Most unreliable train in Indian Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum Express

It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours. Gosh!

Guwahati-Trivandrum Express unreliable Indian train


12. The longest tunnel in the country is 11.215 kilometers long!

It is the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

longest Indian Rail tunnel


13. The station with the smallest name is called ‘IB ’: It’s in Odisha

IB - smallest Indian Railway Station Name


14. Before installing Automatic Point System was installed, hundreds of guards lost their hands and fingers trying to fix it manually. Every time a train got delayed and we complained, an Indian Railways employee probably lost his limbs for us

Contribution of Indian Railways employee


15. The longest running train covers a distance of 4273 km between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari: It’s called the Vivek Express


Vivek Express


16. The shortest distance covered between two successive stations is 3 kilometers

It’s between the Nagpur and Ajni station.

ajni railway station  in india


17. A train covers a distance of 528 km without a single stop

It’s Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express.

Rajdhani Express


18. Lucknow is the busiest junction in the nation: 64 trains come in and move out, every day

Lucknow the busiest Railway junction in India


19. A massively successful organization – running 11,000 trains in a day is no joke!


Indian Railway Runs 11000 Trains Daily


20. Indian Railways transports almost 2.5 crore passengers daily

That’s nearly the total population of New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania put together!

Indian Trains Carrying Passengers


21. The Rail Museum in Delhi is the largest in Asia

It has working and non-working models both.

Rail Museum in Delhi


22. The railway station of Navapur is built in two states; half in Maharashtra and the rest is in Gujarat

Navapur Railway Station Fact

23. Indian Railways has a mascot – Bholu, the Guard Elephant

Indian Railway Mascot - Bholu


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