Remember those train journeys as a kid? Those mesmerizing countryside views, spicy station food, meeting strangers and being best-friends for the next couple hours, playing games and what not. Curling up on the side seat with a book and music is still an introvert's paradise. Not just kids, everyone loved the window seats, all those happy memories have just one name, ‘Indian Railways’
Today, Indian Railway turned 169 years old marking the day as ‘Indian Rail Transport Day.’ Indian Railways has been one of the most preferred modes of transport for Indian people despite of their economic status. On 16th April, 1853, Indian Railways initiated its first operation of passenger train from Bori Bunder (Mumbai) to Thane for a total distance of 34 km.
Spread across the country, from north to south, east to west, Indian Railways has a total network length of 1,27,760 km making it the world’s third largest rail network. Founded by Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy and Jagnath Shunkerseth more than 160 years ago, Indian Railway today operates more than 13000 passenger trains.
Some interesting things to know about the marvelous journey of Indian Railways are, the slowest train of the country Mettupalayam- Ooty Nilgiri Passenger trains run only at 10 kmph, while the fastest Vande Bharat Express can run upto a speed of 180 kmph.
Did you know that an Indian Railway bridge would be taller than the Eiffel Tower? When completed country’s highest Rail bridge, Chenab Bridge is a concrete arch bridge that would connect Bakkal and Kauri of Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. It would be about 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.
Apart from high bridges, the New Delhi Railway station also holds the Guinness World Records of being the world’s largest Route Relay Interlocking System.
Longest train ride in the entire subcontinent can also be found in Indian Railways, which runs from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari. Vivek Express covers 4286 km within 82 hours and 30 minutes.
From its first passenger train to its first bullet train, Indian Railways ride would always be a nostalgia for an Indian.
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