The world’s 4th largest rail network. The Indian Railways employs 1.4 million people, on a day roughly 11,000 trains are shunted across many routes carrying roughly about 2.5 crore passengers, that is nearly the entire population of Australia. Around 8 billion people travel in the Indian trains, this number equals to the world’s population which is unbelievable. While Indian Railways usually paints a picture of stinking toilets, dirty railway stations, ticketless travel etc, maintaining a railway system for a population of 125 crore people is no joke. Yes, certainly there is scope for a lot of improvement but meanwhile, we at Humor Nation present the top interesting facts about the Indian Railways.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Interesting Facts About Indian Railways!
10. Highest Rail Over Bridge
The highest rail bridge is being constructed over Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir. When finished it will be 5 times the height of the famous monument Qutub Minar and taller than the Eiffel Tower.
9. Fastest And Slowest Trains
The Shatabdis along with the Rajdhani and the Doronto are among the fastest trains in India. All three series of trains have a maximum speed of about 130 km/h or 81 miles per on. Gatimaan express is the first Indian semi high-speed train that runs between Delhi and Agra in India. It operates at a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour. It takes hundred minutes to cover the 188 kilometers or 117-mile journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin Agra Cantonment railway station. And if you remember the Chaiyya Chaiyya song and SRK dancing on a train top. Well, that was the Ooty passenger train over the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and it is the slowest train running at an average speed of 10 kilometers per hour.
8. Longest Route And Shortest Run
The Vivek express from the Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari covers a total of four thousand two hundred and seventy-three kilometers making it the longest run in terms of total time and distance. On the other hand the train services between Nagpur and Ajni from the shortest route. This three-kilometer route is primarily meant for the crew to travel from Nagpur station to the workshop at Ajni.
7. Longest Non-Stop Run And Most Halts
There are some Express from Trivandrum in Kerala to Nizamuddin in Delhi travels the 528-kilometer stretch between Vadodara and Kota nonstop. On the other hand, the Howarah-Amritsar Express has the most number of halts at 115.
6. Two Stations One Location And Two States One Railway Station
Shrirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. They are constructed at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track. Whereas the railway station of Navapur is built in two states half in Maharashtra and the rest is in Gujarat.