10 Interesting Facts About Indian Railways
Indian Railways is the largest employer in the country, with over 1.4 million employees.
The first passenger train in India ran on April 16, 1853, from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Thane.
The Indian Railways network spans over 67,000 km and has more than 8,000 stations.
The highest railway station in India is located at Ghum in West Bengal, which is at an altitude of 2,258 meters above sea level.
The longest platform in the world is at Gorakhpur railway station in Uttar Pradesh, which is 1.36 km long.
The Indian Railways operates a luxury tourist train called the Palace on Wheels, which takes passengers on a week-long journey through Rajasthan.
The Indian Railways also operates the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its toy train ride.
The Indian Railways transports over 23 million passengers and 3 million tonnes of freight every day.
The Indian Railways has its own manufacturing units, which produce locomotives, coaches, and wagons.
The Indian Railways has a unique system of reservations, where passengers can book their tickets up to 120 days in advance, and even have the option to book meals and berth preferences.