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  Some facts about Indian Railways 

• Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest under one management. 
• Indian Railways runs around 11,000 trains everyday, of which 7,000 are passenger trains.
• The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane. 
• The first passenger train steamed out of Howrah station destined for Hooghly, a distance of 24 miles, on August 15, 1854.  
• By 1880, the Indian Railway system had a route mileage of about 9000 miles. 
• The longest journey on the Inidian Raiways is from Jammu Tawi (North) to Kanyakumari (South), a distance of about 4,751 km covered by Himsagar Express in about 66 hours
• Computerised railway reservation system was started at Delhi in 1986
• Of the 13 million passengers served by the Railway network everyday, nearly 12 million are unreserved passengers. 
• Railways' intra-net ‘Railnet’ provides networking between Railway Board, Zonal Headquarters, Divisional headquarters, Production Units, Training Centres etc. 
• The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways daily equals three and half times the distance to moon.
• Toilets on trains were first introduced in 1891 in 1st class and in 1907 in lower classes.
• The country's first railway bridge is the Dapoorie Viaduct on the Mumbai-Thane route.
• Indian Railways' only Rack & Pinion system type of line is from Mettupalayam to Conoor in Tamil Nadu.
• The manufacture of steam locomotives in the country was stopped in 1972.
• India’s first rail tunnel is Parsik Tunnel.
• The country's longest tunnel is Karbude on Konkan Railways, which is 6.5 km in length.
• The national Rail Museum at New Delhi was set-up in 1977.

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