The first Indian Railways passenger train ran from Mumbai to Thane on this day 169 years ago

Indian Railways is not just a rail network but a journey of memories, stories and unforgettable moments. Being one of the largest railway networks in the world, Indian Railways allow you to travel from North to South and East to West. Indian Railways is one of the favorite modes of transport for Indians as it provides services for all economic strata.

Indian Railways launched the first passenger train on April 16, 1853, from Bori Bunder to Thane over a distance of 34 km. Since then, the day has been marked as Indian Rail Transport Day.

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To mark the completion of 169 years of the railway network, let’s take a look at some of the interesting facts about Indian Railways that you may not know.

1. The foundation of the railways was placed by Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy and Jagnath Shunkerseth over 160 years ago.

2. India’s railway network is the third largest railway network in the world, spanning a total length of 1,27,760 km.

3. The fastest train in India, the Vande Bharat Express, runs at a speed of 180 km/h while the slowest train, the Mettupalayam – Ooty Nilgiri passenger train, has a speed of only 10 km/h.

4. Vivek Express is the longest train in India with a duration of 80 hours and 15 minutes. It covers a distance of 4233 kilometers passing through eight states.

5. New Delhi Railway Station holds Guinness World Records for being the largest roadhouse interlocking system in the world.

6. India’s highest railway bridge, Chenab Bridge is a concrete arch bridge that connects Bakkal and Kauri in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. Once completed, the bridge will exceed the Eiffel Tower by 35 meters.

7. Each station has a unique name with the shortest name with only two syllables “Ib” in Odisha and the station with the longest name is Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta.

8. There is a diamond crossing in Nagpur which is one of a kind as from here trains can go in all four directions, north, east, west and south.

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Jose P. Rogers