About Indian Railways

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  • George Stephenson is called father of Railway
  • Indian Railways is the 4th Largest Railway Network in the World.
  • USA>Russia>China>India
  • The Headquarter of Indian Railway is in New Delhi.
  • National Academy of Indian Railways is in Vadodara

The Indian railways operate in three different Gauges.

Broad Gauges(1.676 m)

Meter Gauges(1.00 m)

Narrow Gauges(0.672)

  • India’s First railway line was started on 16 april 1853 ( during Lord Dalhousie) from Bombay to Thane over 34 km.Name of the Train was Black Beauty.
  • The second Train ran between Howrah to Hooghly in 1854.
  • The First Electric Train was Deccan Queen ran between Bombay to poona

Vivek Express

  • It has the longest train route in India from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Kanyakumari in south,total distance(4230 km)
  • This train was started on 150 birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.So the train name is Vivek Express.
  • It is the 8th longest route in the World.
  • Himsagar Express covers the 2nd longest route in India.

*John Methai was India’s 1st Railway Minister(after Independence), who presented the First Railway Budget of India.

*Railway Budget was separated from General Budget in 1924 by the recommended by Acworth committee.

*Longest railway platform in India is of Gorakhpur (1366.33 m) (Uttar Pradesh) .

*India largest Railway Yard is of Pt.Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction (formally Mughalsarai Station) Up.

*National Rail Museum is in New Delhi.

*16 April is celebrated as railway day and 10 to 16 April is celebrated as Railway week.

*First Female Railway Minister of India was Mamata Banerjee.

*Gatimaan Express is the Fastest Train of India with speed (160 km) that run between Delhi to Agra.

*Indian railway has 69 division.

*Indian railway has 18 zone.

*Indian railway has 21 RRB (Railway recruitment board)

Trains That Run Between India and Pakistan are:

  • Samjhauta Express Run Between Delhi to Lahore.
  • Thar Link Express run Between Jodhpur to Karachi.

Train that run Between India and Bangladesh:

  • Maitree Express run between Kolkata to Dhaka.
  • Bandhan express run between Kolkata to khulna.

Quick digest

  • First Female Indian Railway Driver Surekha Shankar Yadav.
  • First Female Diesel Engine Railway driver of India Mumtaz M . Kazi.
  • First Railway Minister of India who resigned because of Rail Accident was Lal Bahadur Shastri.
  • India’s first Steam Express train called Fairy Queen.
  • India’s longest Rail cum Road Bridge called Bogibeel bridge over Brahmaputra river.
  • South coast Railway Zone is the 18th Zone of Indian Railway Headquartered at Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh.
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