14 Interesting Facts About Indian Railways Every Traveller Would Like To Know

Serving to millions of passengers every day, Indian Railways is one of the largest railway networks in the world. But how much do you know about it? Do you know when did the first train run in India? Or who is the mascot for IR? Therefore, we decided to put down some incredible and must-read facts about our railways that every traveller would like to know about.

1. The first train in India ran on 16th April 1853 from Bombay to Thane which ran over a stretch of 21 miles.

2. First Railway Bridge, Dapoorie Viaduct, was built from Mumbai to Thane.

3. The mascot of Indian Railways is a guard elephant called Bholu.

4. Indian Railways serves to 12 million passengers every day.

5. Toilets on trains were first introduced in 1891 (1st Class) & 1907 (lower classes).

6. Indian Railways runs around 11,000 trains every day, of which 7,500 are passenger trains.

7. Ib (Orissa) is the shortest station name.

8. Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta (Tamil Nadu) is the longest station name.

9. The first railroad was constructed by two Indians, called Jaganath Shunkerseth and Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy.

10. Kharagpur is the longest railway platform in the world which runs over a stretch of 2,733 ft (in length).

11. In 1986, Indian Railways started its first computerized reservation in New Delhi.

12. Darjeeling Himalayan Railways was declared the World Heritage by UNESCO.

13. Fairy Queen, which finds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, is the oldest functioning steam engine in the world. It was made way back in 1855.

14. The New Delhi Main Station, having the world’s largest route relay interlocking system, also has a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

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