Facts about Trains in India
How much do you know about the train you are going to travel in or the station through which you will board the train? Not much, probably. There is no denying fact that Indian Railways has a vast network which serves the passengers daily. A huge number of trains carry millions of passengers from one station to another station. Indian Railway Network has many interesting facts up its sleeves which will definitely amaze you. Here are some of the must-read Facts about Trains in India which you should know.
Amazing Train Facts
- The first train in the Indian Railways ran on 16 April 1853. The train departed from Mumbai at 3.30 pm and arrived at Thane, covering a total distance of 33 km. The day was declared as a public holiday then.
- Indian Railways is the 4th largest railway network in the world and the largest in Asia. More than 14000 trains run daily on the tracks connecting a total of 7172 railway stations.
- Indian Railways runs more than 7421 freight trains carrying 3 million tonnes of goods everyday. It is the only Asian railway network which carries more than one billion tons of freight annually.
- Indian Railway Network is one of the largest in the world. It sits on the 8th spot in the list of largest employers with a total of 1.4 million employees.
- Indian Railways is constructing the world's highest railway bridge. The bridge will be built over the Chenab river on Udhampur- Srinagar- Baramulla Rail Link to the Kashmir Valley. The bridge will be 5 times the height of Qutub Minar & 35 meters taller than Eiffel Tower.
- Indian Railway Trains carry more than 25 million passengers every day which is more than the entire population of Australia and many other countries.
- The mascot of the Indian Railways is the guard elephant, name Bholu. The mascot was designed by the National Institute of Design. Bholu the Guard Elephant was unveiled on 16th April 2002.
- The Fairy Queen, running between New Delhi and Alwar, the oldest working steam engine in the world. The engine has been listed in Guinness Book of World Records and has also been awarded Heritage Reward from the International Tourist Bureau, Berlin.
- Electric locomotive WAG-9 is the most powerful locomotive in Indian Railways. This 6350 horsepower beast is capable of hauling 24 coach trains at a speed of 140-160 km/hr.
- Vivek Express is the train with the longest route in India runs from Dibrugarh Kanniyakumari covering a total distance of 4233 km in 5 days.
- The slowest train in Indian is the Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train which runs at a speed of 10 km/hr.
- Howrah Amritsar Express Train has a total of 115 halts which is the record maximum for an Express Train in India.
- Guwahati-Trivandrum Express is the most unreliable train of the Indian Railway Network. The average delay of the train is 10-12 hours from the scheduled time.
- Maharajas' Express is the most expensive tourist train of the Indian Railways. The price of the tour in this train can up to 20,00,000 Rs. It is the most luxurious train in the world.
- Palace on Wheels, another tourist train in India, did not allow Indian passengers to board the train initially.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Indian Mountain Railways are declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Toy Trains of India are functional for some 100 years till now.
- Train service between Nagpur and Ajni is the shortest railway route in India. The stations are situated at a distance of 3 km from each other.
- The diamond crossing of Indian Railways, located in Nagpur, is one of its kind. From here the trains can go in any direction - East, West, North and South.
- The National Railway Museum, situated in Delhi, is the biggest Railway Museum in Asia. Other than this, there are seven rail museums in India - Kolkata, Chennai, Ghum, Pune, Kanpur, Mysore, and Tiruchirappalli.
- The Indian Railway system works on the Operating Ratio of 94%. That means the railway spends 94 paise on every rupee it earns.
- The resonance frequency of the suspension of the train coaches is kept to 1.2 Hz (72 bpm) while designing. The frequency matches the rate of the heartbeat of a human body – which is why people sleep comfortably in trains.
These are some of the amazing facts about Indian Railways. Now, from the next time, when you visit any station or board a train for your journey, you will experience the eminence of the Indian Railway Network. You will certainly feel proud of the Nation.