Indian Railway Notes: One-Liner & Highlights

Here we are providing Important Facts & Notes about Indian Railway in one-liner form that will help you to improve your Railway GK for upcoming Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP), Technician Categories and Group D Recruitment Exam 2018. So let’s start your preparation with this article:

Indian Railway Notes: One-Liner

  • The Indian nationwide rail network is the fourth longest in the world after the USA, China and Russia.
  • The slogan of Indian Railway is “Lifeline of the Nation”.
  • India’s first train ran between Bombay and Thane on 16 April 1853.
  • There are 17 Zones (16+1) in Indian Railway.
  • Nagpur located in central India is the site of the Diamond crossing of the Indian Railways. This is one of a kind from where trains go East, West, North and South.
  • The world’s longest railway platform is in India at Gorakhpur with a length of 1366.33 metres.
  • The train that has the longest run in terms of distance and time is Vivek Express which travels a distance of 4273 km from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari and started from 2011.
  • Indian train that won the World Heritage Status from UNESCO is Darjeeling Himalayan Railways.
  • The Longest Railway bridge in India is Vallarpadam Bridge at Kerala (4.62km).
  • The Longest Railway Tunnel in India (Asia’s second) is Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel 11.2km (Jammu and Kashmir).
  • The fastest train in India: Gatimaan Express is India’s first semi high-speed train which runs between New Delhi to Agra & only takes 100 minutes to cover the journey of 188km. It is also the fastest train in India which started from 5 April 2016 with the maximum speed of 160km/h and average speed of 113 km/h.
  • Metupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train is India’s slowest train, which runs at a speed of 10 kmph.
  • Shortest run by a train: Scheduled services between Nagpur and Ajni stations situated just 3km from each other.
  • Howrah- Amritsar Express with 115 stops has the record for the maximum number of stops by an Express/Mail train. This record is followed by Delhi – Howrah Janata Express 109 halts and Jammu Tawi – Sealdah Express 99 halts.
  • Two stations at the same location: Srirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which are both at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track.
  • Most powerful locomotive: Electric locomotive WAG-9 used for hauling heavy freight rakes is the most powerful locomotive in Indian Railway’s fleet.
  • Last stations in North-South-East-West direction: Northernmost railway station is Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. Westernmost is Naliya near Bhuj in Gujarat. The southernmost railway station is Kanyakumari, while the last station on the east of India is Ledo in Tinsukia District.
  • Junction with the most number of routes originating from it is Mathura junction with 7 routes.
  • The world’s highest rail bridge, Chenab Bridge is being constructed over Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Most number of parallel tracks/ Three gauges at one station: Seven parallel tracks between Bandra Terminus and Andheri – 10km.
  • Vijayawada JN is the busiest railway station, with 247 unique trains.
  • Howrah Railway Station is the busiest railway stations in terms of passenger volume per day and its 23 platforms are serving more than a million passengers.
  • Howrah Junction also has the largest number of railway platforms in India and one of the busiest railway platforms too.
  • Longest station name of the railway network is Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta on the Arakkonam-Renigunta section near Chennai. The Shortest station name is Ib, near Jharsuguda in Odisha and Od, near Anand in Gujarat.
  • The New Delhi Main Railway Station holds the record for the world’s largest route relay interlocking system. The station has a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
  • The National Rail Museum in Delhi set up in 1977 is one of the unique museums in Asia.
  • Bholu or Bholu the guard elephant is the mascot of Indian Railways. The mascot, a cartoon of an elephant holding a signal lamp with the green light in one hand, was initially designed for Indian Railways’ 150th year commemoration events and was unveiled on 16 April 2002 in Bangalore.
  • Kolkata Metro is the first metro in India which was inaugurated in Kolkata in 1984 by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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