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Let’s learn about Indian Railways:  Here we will know about some interesting and unknown facts about Indian Railways, “The lifeline of the nation”.

The history of Indian Railways dates back to the year 1832 when the country’s first train, Red Hill Railway, ran in Madras (today’s Chennai). The train was built by Arthur Cotton to transport granite for road building. For quite some time the trains continued to carry such materials.

The History Of Indian Railways | Unknown Facts about Indian Railways.

Red Hill Train

It was only in 1853 when India’s first passenger train ran for 34 km between Bori Bunder and Thane.

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It is interesting to point out that the organisation of Indian railways into regional zones was done only in 1951 when the Southern, Central and Western zones came into being. It was then that fans and lights were mandatory in all passenger class compartments. And do you know when was the first air-conditioned train introduced? In 1956, first fully air-conditioned train was introduced between Howrah and Delhi.

India’s first air-conditioned train being flagged off

Then came the year 1986, when computerised ticket reservations were introduced in Delhi. And today, Indian Railways is the fourth largest railway network in the world.

Interesting Facts About Indian Railways 

Here are some very interesting facts of Indian Railways. Lets Know about them:

Do you know which is the country’s slowest passenger train? It is Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train. And can you guess the speed at which it runs? It is just 10 km/h!!

India’s slowest train

And you would be surprised to know that the Delhi Main station has secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records!! This record is for having the world’s largest route relay interlocking system. (This system helps in the safe and quick movement of the locomotives)

India’s largest railway platform is in Kharagpur, West Bengal, whereas, Vembanad Rail Bridge in Kerala is the longest rail bridge.
And can you guess the longest train route of India? Vivek Express runs between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari and has the longest route in India. It covers 4,286 km in about 82 hours and 30 minutes.
Do you enjoy station wali kulhad ki chai? Then take a ride on Howrah- Amritsar Express for it stops 115 times which is the record for the maximum number of stops by an Express/Mail train.
Indian Railways is the world’s 9th largest employer, with over 6 million employees.
All of us enjoy the fairy dreams, isn’t it? So we have India’s oldest working locomotive, Fairy Queen, manufactured in 1855. And do you know, it is also the oldest functioning steam engine of the world!!


Fairy Queen

It would not be very surprising for us if I tell you that the lower classes of trains in India had no toilets until 1909. The toilets were introduced only after a letter written by one Okhil Babu that described the ordeal he had to face owing to the absence of lavatories in trains. And today we are planning for bio-toilets in the trains, which decompose human excretory waste, converting it into methane and water. This process cause no air or water pollution.
If Kajol had to run on Gorakhpur railway platform, in her film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, she would have surely fainted, for it is the longest platform in the world!!
Are you a lover of heights? Then you must wait for the world’s highest railway bridge that is being built over the River Chenab, “Chenab Railway Bridge”. It will dwarf the Eiffel Tower.

Have you seen the mascot of Indian Railways? It is Bholu– the guard elephant.


Indian Railway’s mascot

Indian Railway is a thing to be proud of. Gifted to us by the Britishers, today it operates its own electric-locomotive, diesel-locomotive and passenger coach factories. Indian Railways even has an organisation known as Research Designs and Standards Organization that does all the research, design and standardization of related work.