India is a diverse country having plenty of languages, seasons, cultures and much more. But talking about it’s another asset named Indian Railways; it is India’s only train infrastructure and the operating service provider. The service is world’s 2ndlargest railway network (working under single management) in terms of track length and number of people carried. Even it is one of the largest employers in the world.
Talking about railways as a whole, it has been expanding its wings in every corner of the nation. Be it mountains, rivers, hamlets, metro cities, deserts, or any other topography; you can find trains making their ways. The good news is that whether you want to do pnr status enquiry, or you want to know about the seat availability; everything is snuggled in the railway system of India.
It might interest you that Indian Railways started its service around 161 years ago on 16 April 1853. At that time,the first passenger train was run over a length of 33 kilometres from Mumbai to Thane. The train having fourteen railway carriages, carrying nearly 400 guests, left Bori Bunder at 3:30 p.m. that day. The day was declared a public holiday. It was indeed a big achievement for everyone.
Then you might not know that railways was nationalised in 1951. It is known to you that Indian Railways is today the biggest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest network operated under a single organization. It possesses 115,000 kilometres of track length. It runs around 12,617 trains to carry over twenty three million passengers daily. It is equivalent to moving the whole population of Australia; linking more than 7,172 stations. These numbers are wonders in themselves.
Next you know that railways runs more than 7,421 freight trains that carry 3 million tonnes (MT) of freight every single day. It has stepped into a select club of railways that encompasses China, Russia, and USA in taking more than one billion tons of freight yearly. Indian Railways possesses over 239, nearly281 freight wagons, 59,713 passenger coaches and around 9,549 locomotives.
If you are a lover of speed, then this is something that would make you felt really happy?The fastest train of India has successfully completed a trial run at one hundred sixty kilometres per hour. In a couple of months, with the rollout of the foremost semi-high speed train, passengers are going to be able to travel between Delhi and Agra that too in just 90 minutes, cutting this journey time by thirty minutes.By the way,the New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi is currently the fastest train in Indian Railways network. It touches a maximum speed of 150 kmph on the section of Faridabad-Agra. This speed is commendable in its true sense. Similarly, the Metupalayam-OotyNilgiri Passenger train that runs at a normal speed of 10 kmph is the slowest Indian train.
Thus, you know this is nothing in front of the whole diversity of Indian railways. The more you know about the trains, the better you would feel about your country. You are going to feel proud for sure.