10 facts about the Indian railways





10

Today, Indian Railways is one of the world's largest railway networks with 115,000 kms of track over a route of 65,000 kms and 7,500 stations.


9

Indian Railways employs about 1.6 million people and is the world's 9th largest employer.


8

Metupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train is India’s slowest train, which runs at a speed of 10 kmph.


7

The total distance covered by Indian Railways daily equals three and a half times the distance to the moon.


6

Indian Railways carry more than 25 million passengers every day, more than the entire population of Australia.


5

The world’s highest rail bridge, Chenab Bridge is being constructed over Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir.  It will dwarf the Eiffel Tower.


4

For more than 50 years, there were no toilets on Indian Railways.


3

With the platform length of 2,733 feet, the Indian Railways has the longest railway platform at Kharagpur in West Bengal.


2

Vembanad Rail Bridge in Kerala is the longest rail bridge in India covering a stretch of 4.62 km. 


1

The Indian Railway has over 239,281 freight wagons, 59,713 passenger coaches and 9,549 locomotives.