The Complete Story of India’s lifeline Indian Railways

Indian Railways
Indian railway is the lifeline of India’s transport system and it is the booster of India’s economy because a large number of Indian people preferred the Indian rail as their tour & traveling and also Indian rail transport the large number goods from one place to another place. As per statista research, the Indian railway network transported over 22 million passengers every day pre-pandemic era and it proves the Indian railway is the best transportation medium of India. So, let’s discuss the full story of the Indian railway in this blog.

Who is the father of Indian Railways?

Indian railway is known as the oldest railway network of the world and Lord Dalhousie is the father of Indian railway, and he served as the Governor-General of India from 1848 to 1856 in the British Government. He started the first passenger train in India between Bombay's Bori Bunder station and Thane on 16 April 1853 and it was made by Great Indian Peninsular Railway, now Indian railway 169 years old.

Some Interesting Facts of Indian Railways


  • First passenger train ran 34km between Bori Bunder (Bombay) and Thane  on 16th April 1853 with 400 passengers and three locomotives named Sahib, Sultan and Sindh.
  • First passenger train ran for 39 km between Howrah and Hoogly for eastern railway zone  on 15 Aug 1854 
  • First passenger train ran for 97 km between Veyasarapady (Madras) to Wallajah Road for Southern railway zone  on 1 July 1856
  • First passenger train ran for 203 km between Allahabad  to Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) for northern railway zone  on 3 March 1859
  • First Indian railway workshop started at Jamalpur, near Munger of Bihar in the year 1862.
  • Indian railway is the world’s 4th largest  Railway network and covers the 67,956 km rail route as per March 2022 data. 52,247 km route fully electrified with 25kV power as per  April 2022 data. 
  • World’s largest railway platform can also be found in the Hubballi railway station which is 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) long.
  • UNESCO added our two railway elements in world heritage sites that are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the Indian Mountain Railways
  • Dibrugarh Kanyakumari Vivek Express train is the longest train route of India, which is 4154 km and takes 56 km/hr for journey.
  • India’s shortest distance train runs between Nagpur to Ajani, which is only 3km away from Nagpur.
  • Two stations Srirampur and Belapur are located in the same spot with opposite direction of track in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. 
  • Indian railway has one and only one diamond crossing line found in Nagpur and from here trains cross the North to South and West to East.
  • Howrah Junction Railway Station (HWH) railway station India’s biggest and oldest railway station with 23 platforms and 25 tracks, and from this station everyday 2 million passengers travel so its also known as busiest railway station.
  • Pamban Bridge is the one and only one rail bridge that passes over the sea and connects the mainland to the island. Its 2.065km long bridge connects the Mandapam town to Pamban Island , and Rameswaram.
  • India’s first superfast train is Deccan Queen express runs between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Pune Junction started 1 June 1930.
  • Vande Bharat express is India's high speed train that has a speed of 200km/hr.


When Was Indian Railways Nationalised?

In India, trains started in 1853 but Indian railway nationlised  after a hundred plus years in 1951 after Independence of India. Now it's the fourth largest rail network in the world. 

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Indian railway topic is a broad topic and we can’t finish it in one blog so we will update every time after getting the update on it. Another reason to write this blog is to help indian railway passengers to know about trains and their route with details therefore we added the list of train list as below. 

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