Saturday, July 25, 2015

Indian Railways have been running for a successful 162 years since 1853. It is the railway in the country that has made traveling around and commuting within easy and accessible to the common man.

Here are a few things about the Indian Railway that will make you proud!

1.The Longest station name is “Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta” which is on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section near Chennai in Tamil Nadu.

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2. Lucknow is the busiest station with 64 trains running per day.

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3. Kharagpur in West Bengal has the longest platform in the world that the Indian Railways, with a length of 2,733 ft (1072.5 m) in length.

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4. The Fairy Queen is the Oldest Working Locomotive which is still in working order and it dates back to 1855. It is the oldest functioning steam engine in the world and finds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and won the Heritage Award at the International Tourist Bureau, Berlin in March 2000.

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5. The country’s longest tunnel is Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel 11.215 km that was completed in December 2012 in Jammu and Kashmir.

6. Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai caters to 33 million passengers annually and is the only terminus in the world to be listed as a monument of global heritage by UNESCO.

7. Since its origin in 1853, the rail service in India has been one of the oldest tracks in the world.

8. India’s first sea bridge, the Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait. It connects Rameshwaram on Pamban Island in Tamil Nadu to the mainland.

9. Dapoorie Viaduct, 1854, on the Mumbai-Thane route is the first railway bridge in India.

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10. The world’s highest rail bridge is being constructed over Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir. It will be 359 meters, 1,180 feet above the riverbed, making it five times the height of Qutub Minar and 35 meters taller than Eiffel Tower.

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11. Delhi station has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s largest route relay interlocking system.


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