Interesting facts and figures about Indian Railways

Here we will discuss some facts and figures about Indian Railways. These facts may prove to be important for your RRB/Eailway or SSC exams. Kids love trains so they can also gather lots of information from the facts about train’s history.

Some Facts about Indian Railways :-

1. First proposal——Madras 1832

2. Founded——–On April 16th, 1853, when a train with 14 railway carriages and 400 guests left Bombay’s Bori Bunder for Thane.

3. Track gauge——1676 mm; 1000 mm; 762 mm; 610 mm

4. Electrification——–21,500 km

5. Length——65,000 km

6. Headquarter—–New Delhi, India

7. Stations——-7000 to 8000

8. Nationalization—–1951

9. First Railway Bridge——-Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route

10. First Rail Tunnel——-Parsik Tunnel

11. First Underground Railway——-Calcutta Metro

12. Normal length of a passenger train——24 coaches

13. First Computerized Reservation——-New Delhi (1986)

14. Fastest Train——-India New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India (runs at a speed up to 150 Km/ph)

15. First electric train——-Ran between Bombay’s Victoria Terminus and Kurla along the Harbour Line of CR, on February 3, 1925, a distance of 9.5 miles

16. Shortest Station Name——-Ib, near Jharsuguda in Odisha and Od, near Anand in Gujarat

17. Longest Station Name——Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section near Chennai

18. Oldest Station——Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

19. Oldest trains still running——Bangalore Mail has been running in various guises since 1864

20. Highest railway station—–Ghoom

21. Oldest running dining car——The Bombay–Pune Deccan Queen

22. Busiest Railway Station——Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

23. Longest Run (Time)——-Vivek Express from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari travels a distance of 4273

24. Shortest Run—–Route between Nagpur and Ajni (3km)

25. Longest Run for Daily Train—–Kerala Express (3054 km in 42.5 hrs)

26. Longest Non-Stop Run (Distance)—–Trivandrum Rajdhani covering 528 km

27. Longest Railway Platform——According to Google Kharagpur (2,733 ft in length). According to Wikipedia Gorakhpur.

28. Longest Railway Bridge——-Rail link between Idapalli railway station and ICTT, 4.62km

29. Tallest bridge——The Ghambir Khad bridge between Jammu Tawi and Udhampur is 77m tall.

30. Longest Tunnel—–Karbude Tunnel of the Konkan Railway (6.5 km)

31. Oldest Preserved Locomotive——Fairy Queen (1855), still in working order

32. Daily Runs—–About 10,000 trains

33. Daily Carries—–More than 11 million passengers & 1 million tonnes of freight

34. Railway Station with all the Three Gauges——Siliguri Railway Station

35. People Employed——-About 1.6 million people, fourth largest employer in World

36. Train with Maximum Number of Halts—–Howrah-Amritsar Express (115 halts)

37. Stations across State Lines——Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat), Bhawani Mandi (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan)

38. Northernmost railway station——Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir

39. Western most station——Naliya near Bhuj in Gujarat

40. Southernmost railway station—–Kanyakumari

41. East most railway station——Ledo on branch line from Tinsukia

42. Least punctual train——-Guwahati-Trivandrum Express is said to be the most unreliable long-distance train in the country. The charted journey time is 65 hours and 5 minutes, but the average delay on a trip is about 10-12 hours.

43. Longest non-stop travel/ Trains with most stops——Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express travels the 528km stretch between Vadodara and Kota non-stop

44. First electric locomotive——-1908

45. UNESCO World Heritage Sites——Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Mountain Railways of ( Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a narrow gauge railway in West Bengal)

46. First double Decker train——Flying Rani introduced in 2005

47. Largest railway complex in India—–Howrah Station

48. Train crosses the largest number of states——Navyug express between Mangalore and Jammu Tawi

49. Train crossed maximum number of zones——Ernakulam-Barauni

50. The largest distance entirely in one state——Kolhapur-Gondia Maharashtra Exp,

51. Shortest distance between stations——-Safilguda and Dayanand Nagar stations on the Secunderabad, 170m apart.

52. When was the first train steamed off in India?–1853

53. Which is the headquarters of the newly established railway zone ‘East Coast Railways’?—Bhubaneswar

54. Which train in India has the longest route length?—Kanyakumari – Dibrugarh Vivek Express

You can also read our article about Indian Railways:

Indian Railway Zones and their Headquarters

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