The humble Indian Railways …

Posted on January 29, 2015. Filed under: Business, Indian Thought |

They are a 161 years old – 16 April 1853. That’s a long time ago!

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!

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

Before 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.

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

A massively successful organization – running 11,000 trains. Indian Railways transports almost 2.5 crore passengers daily That’s nearly the total population of New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania put together!

The Rail Museum in Delhi is the largest in Asia. It has working and non-working models both.

The Indian Railways website gets close to 12 Lac hits per minute Hourly traffic on IRTC.com is more than annual traffic of some of the most popular websites. It can support almost 5 million threads at one time. But, we’ve got more people than that.

Loco-pilots (train drivers) are paid more than an average software engineer Salaries are the tune of Rs. 1 Lakh per month and more. No loco-pilot has abandoned the train even in the face of certain death.

The longest running train covers a distance of 4273 km between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari: It’s called the Vivek Express

The longest tunnel in the country is 11.215 kilometers long! It is the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

A train covers a distance of 528 km without a single stop. It’s Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express.

Lucknow is the busiest junction in the nation: 64 trains come in and move out, every day

The slowest train goes uphill at the speed of 10 kilometers per hour. You can jump off the train, light up a smoke, take a few drags and climb on the train again. It’s the Mettupalayam – Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train.

Most unreliable train in Indian Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum Express It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours. Gosh!

The shortest distance covered between two successive stations is 3 kilometers It’s between the Nagpur and Ajni station.

The station with the longest name is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta. And it’s sometimes spelled with ‘Sri’ prefixed. Quite a mouthful. The station with the smallest name is called ‘IB ’: It’s in Odisha

 The railway station of Navapur is built in two states; half in Maharashtran and half is in Gujarat

Indian Railways has a mascot – Bholu, the Guard Elephant



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