Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

23 Amazing Facts About The Indian Railways You Never Knew

Updated on 30 October, 2018 at 6:40 pm By

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.



Here we bring some amazing facts about Indian Railway, World’s third largest Railway Network:


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 - Indian Railway Facts


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 - Indian Railway Facts

The Hindu

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


Accident of Indian Train - Indian Railway Facts


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

Hourly traffic on 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 - Indian Railway Facts


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 - Indian Railway Facts

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


Indian Railway Track - Indian Railway Facts

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 - Indian Railway Facts

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

Indian Railways Old Pic - Indian Railway Facts

9. Its 161 years old!

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

Old Indian Train - Indian Railway Facts

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 - Indian Railway Facts

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 - Indian Railway Facts

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


Also Read:




Latest Stories

An Innovative News Platform Is Gaining Its Momentum In Asia

An Innovative News Platform Is Gaining Its Momentum In Asia

How Can You Get Survival Benefits with a Term Plan?

How Can You Get Survival Benefits with a Term Plan?

The Top 10 Rich People Who Were Once Poor

The Top 10 Rich People Who Were Once Poor

Sufiyum Sujathayum Full Movie Leaked on Tamilrockers

Sufiyum Sujathayum Full Movie Leaked on Tamilrockers

Want Financial Security that Fits into Your Budget? Buy a Term Plan

Want Financial Security that Fits into Your Budget? Buy a Term Plan


Most Searched

More From Travel

Popular on The Web