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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

23 Amazing facts about Indian railways you never know

I have not verified this information on amazing facts of Indian Railways, but it is fascinating and pleased to share this, it came from Jyothi Punwani and Mohamed Imran.

When I opened this page, a few things ran on the my mind’s screen instantly; 

A.  Pakeeza Dialogue: Maaf kijiye ga…Aap ke paaon dekhe, bahut haseen hain, inhi zameen pe mat utariye, mailay ho jayeinge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4osPeBsTy3A  (.37 seconds dialogue)

B.  Some train songs : 1) apna hai apna dil to awaara 2) Rukh say zara naqab utha do, mere huzoor  3) Badal jaye agar maali chaman hota nahin khali 4) Dekh tere sansar ki halat kya hogayee bhagwaan 4) apni to har aah ek toofan hai, 5) zindagi ke safar may guzar jate hai o mukham 6) Gadi bula rahi hai…  7) Mere sapnon ki rani kab aayegi tu

C. My town Yelahanka was the headquarters for Narrow Gauge, the railway line was built between Kolar Gold Fields and Bangalore thru my town… way back some 100 years ago.  When the engine stopped, it released an odor of burnt coal and I loved that smell. I travelled to college – a 9 mile journey for several years and High School in Malleswaram some 7 miles. There was a Meter gauge also, now it is all broad-gauge. How the gauges were defined is another story – goes back to Rome.

D.  Chalte Chalte, yoonhi koi mil gaya tha… It is one of the most powerful songs about relationships…  we meet people once a year, 4 times a year… say hello and spend 3-5 minutes of face time… pleasant exchanges and disappear till the next time. Chalte Chalte… yoon hi koi mil gaya tha…  Meena Kumari was relating with that short note in the train… but we can relate with most of the things in life… we meet people at the airport.. don’t even exchange cards but have good conversations and go on… that is what this song is about. Next time you hear, pay attention to the deeper meaning than what’s on the screen.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9EbgqMiICA  


1. Indian Railway is constructing the highest rail bridge over Chenab, in J&K Five times the height of Qutub Minar, it will be taller than the Eiffel Tower.

2. Loco-pilots (train drivers) are paid more than an average software engineer Salaries are the tune of Rs. 1 Lakh per month and more.

3. No loco-pilot has abandoned the train even in the face of certain death.

4. The Indian Railways website gets close to 12 Lakh hits per minute Hourly traffic on IRTC.com is more than annual traffic of some of the most popular Indian websites. It can support almost 5 million threads at one time.

5. The slowest train goes uphill at the speed of 10 kilometers per hour. You can jump off the train, light up a smoke, take few drags and climb on the train again. It’s the Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train.

6. If the tracks of Indian railways were to be laid out, they would circle the earth almost 1.5 times

7. The trains got toilets after Indian Railways completed about 50 years! 
Back then, passengers had to wait till the next station to answer the call of nature!

Thank Okhil Chandra for making Indian Railways do the needful. He wrote the letter to Indian Railways and finally, there were toilets in 1909!

8. Back in the old days, elephants were used to position the carriages

9. Its 161 years old! 16th April, 1853. That’s a long time ago.

10. The station with the longest name is  Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta
And it’s sometimes spelled with ‘Sri’ prefixed. Quite a mouthful.

11. Most unreliable train in Indian Railways is Guwahati-Trivandrum Express. It is late on an average by ten to twelve hours. Gosh!

12. The longest tunnel in the country is 11.215 kilometers long!
It is the Pir Panjal Railway tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir.

13. The station with the smallest name is called ‘IB ’: It’s in Odisha.

14. Before Automatic Point System was installed, hundreds of guards lost their hands and fingers trying to fix it manually. Every time a train got delayed and we complained, an Indian Railways employee probably lost his limbs for us.

15. The longest running train covers a distance of 4273 km between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari: It’s called the Vivek Express.

16. The shortest distance covered between two successive stations is 3 kilometers. It’s between the Nagpur and Ajni station.

17. A train covers a distance of 528 km without a single stop. It’s Trivandrum – H. Nizamuddin  Duranto Express.

18. Lucknow is the busiest junction in the nation: 64 trains come in and move out, every day.

19. A massively successful organization – running 11,000 trains.

20. Indian Railways transports almost 2.5 crore passengers daily. That’s nearly the total population of New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania put together!

21. The Rail Museum in Delhi is the largest in Asia. It has working and non-working models both.

22. The railway station of Navapur is built in two states; half in Maharashtran and the rest is in Gujarat.

23. Indian Railways has a mascot – Bholu, the Guard Elephant

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