Some facts about Indian Railways
Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and the worlds 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
The manufacture of steam locomotives in the country was stopped in 1972.
Indias 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.