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.
2. Loco-pilots (train drivers) are paid
more than an average software
Salaries are the tune of Rs. 1 Lakh per month and more.
3. No loco-pilot has abandoned the
train even in the face of certain death
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.
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.
6. If the tracks of Indian railways were
to be laid out, they would circle the
earth almost 1.5 times
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 letter to Indian Railways
and finally, there were toilets in 1909!
8. Back in the old days, elephants were
used to position the carriages
9. Its 161 years old!
16 TH April, 1853. That's a long time ago.
10. The station with the longest name is
And it's sometimes spelled with 'Sri' prefixed. Quite a
11. Most unreliable train in Indian
Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum
It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours. Gosh!
12. The longest tunnel in the country is
11.215 kilometers long!
It is the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir.
13. The station with the smallest name
is called 'IB ': It's in Odisha
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
15. The longest running train covers a
distance of 4273 km between Dibrugarh
and Kanyakumari: It's called the Vivek
16. The shortest distance covered
between two successive stations is 3
It's between the Nagpur and Ajni station.
17. A train covers a distance of 528 km
without a single stop
It's Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express.
18. Lucknow is the busiest junction in
the nation: 64 trains come in and move
out, every day
19. A massively successful organization
– running 11,000 trains
20. Indian Railways transports almost
2.5 crore passengers daily
That's nearly the total population of New Zealand,
Australia and Tasmania put together!
21. The Rail Museum in Delhi is the
largest in Asia
It has working and non-working models both.
22. The railway station of Navapur is
built in two states; half in Maharashtran
and the rest is in Gujarat
23. Indian Railways has a mascot –
Bholu, the Guard Elephant