5 incredibly interesting facts that makes Indian Railways a very unique railway network in the whole world

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Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track, with 7,112 stations. The first railways were introduced in the year 1853 from Mumbai to Thane. Since its inception, Indian Railways has come a long way!! Here are 15 most amazing and interesting facts about Indian Railways, that makes it a very unique railway network in the whole world.

1. Indian Railways is a successful organization that manages 11,000 trains every day. Indian Railways transports almost 2.5 crore passengers daily.

2. The Indian Railways website gets close to 12 Lakh hits per minute; hourly traffic on IRTC website is more than the annual traffic of some of the most popular Indian web sites.

3. The Chenab Bridge between Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir in India, which is under construction, will be the worlds highest rail bridge (1,178 ft above the river).

4. The tracks of Indian Railways can circle the earth almost 1.5 times, if laid out.

5. The trains got toilets after Indian Railways completed about 50 years.

6. Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express covers a distance of 528 km without a single stop.

7. Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train is the slowest train that goes uphill at the speed of 10 kilometers per hour. 

8. The station having the longest name is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, which is again spelled with a prefix ‘Sri’. The station with a shortage name is called ‘IB ’, located in Odisha.

9. The Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir is the longest tunnel in the country, which is 11.215 kilometers long.

10. The Vivek Express is the longest running train that covers a distance of 4273 km between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari.

11. Lucknow is the busiest junction in the nation; 64 trains pass through it daily.

12. Elephants were used to position the cartridges in the old days.

13. The Rail Museum in Delhi is the largest in Asia.

14. The Navapur railway station is built in two states; half in Maharashtra and the rest in Gujarat.

15.  The shortest distance covered between two successive stations is only 3 kilometers, it’s between the Nagpur and Ajni station.