The least punctual train of the Indian rail is the Guwahati-Trivandrum Express. It is said to be the most unreliable long-distance train in the country. The charted journey time is 65 hours and 5 minutes, but the average delay on a trip is about 10-12 hours.
Indian Railways has achieved a new height. The railways owns the world’s highest rail bridge. The bridge is being constructed over Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir’s Reasi district (Chenab Bridge). The bridge completion will be by December, 2015. Coming up at Kauri, it will be 359 meters (1,180 feet) above the riverbed (five times the height of Qutub Minar and 35 metres taller than Eiffel Tower). Stretching across a length of 424 metres, the bridge on the Panval River in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra is currently the tallest bridge in India.
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.
In 1986, Indian Railways started its first computerized reservation in New Delhi.
Breaking the previous record of Kharagpur platform (1072.5 m) in length, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is the longest platform in the world with a length of 1366.33 metres.
There are 7,500 railway stations in India.
Loco-pilots (train drivers) are paid more than an average software engineer. Salaries are the tune of Rs. 1 Lakh per month and more.
The IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation) website gets close to 12 lakh hits per minute. It is the online portal of the railways.
Indian Railways still has the oldest preserved locomotive in working order, the Fairy Queen which was made way back in 1855. It is the oldest functioning steam engine in the world, which finds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and received Heritage Award at the International Tourist Bureau, Berlin in March 2000. The Indian luxury train offers guests an unrivalled experience.
The country’s longest tunnel is Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel 11.215 km that was completed in December 2012 in Jammu and Kashmir. The tunnel is yet to become functional railway route. Karbude on Konkan Railways, which is 6.5 km in length previously held the title for the longest tunnel in India.
Railways runs as many as 19,000 trains every day. Some 12,000 trains are for passengers and 7,000 for freight.
22.Vembanad Rail Bridge 4.62 km in length in the state of Kerala connects connecting Edappally and Vallarpadam in Kochi. It is the longest rail bridge in India and it is dedicated solely for freight. Nehru Setu Bridge near Dehri on the river Sone is the longest railway bridge in India. The bridge is near Sasaram on Kolkata-Delhi Line. It is 3.065km long. It is the passenger route.
Junction with most number of routes originating from it Mathura junction with 7 routes- Broad Gauge (BG) line to Agra Cantt, BG line to Bharatpur, BG line to Alwar, BG line to Delhi, Metre Gauge (MG) line to Achnera, MG line to Vrindavan and MG line to Hathras, Kasganj. Six route junction – Bhatinda. Five route junctions – Lucknow, Guntakal, Katni, Varanasi, Kanpur Central, Villupuram, Dabhoi, and Nagpur.
The Northernmost railway station is Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir. Westernmost is Naliya near Bhuj in Gujarat. Southernmost railway station is Kanyakumari, while the last station on the east of India is Ledo on branch line from Tinsukia.
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 National Rail Museum in Delhi set up in 1977 is a one of the unique museums in Asia. Sprawled over an area of 11 acres the museum has collections like antique steam engines, locomotives, models, carriages, photographs among other things. There are live exhibits as well as working and non-working models. The added attraction is the toy train which runs across the museum. This is a living heritage of the Indian Railways.
Indian Railways has a mascot Bholu, the Guard Elephant.
The busiest junction in the nation is Lucknow. The Indian Railways cater 64 trains every day.
Indian Railways have numerous luxury and heritage trains
. Palace on Wheels
was the first luxury train. Maharajas’ Express
is a recent addition to the luxury trains of India. This 2010 inaugurated train recently won the “Seven Stars Global Luxury Award”
in the luxury train category. The other names of luxury trains are Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
, Deccan Odyssey
and Golden Chariot
Four Indian Railways’ trains have been declared "World Heritage sites" by UNESCO. The Darjeeling, Himalayan Railway (1999), Mumbai CST Building (2004), Neelgiri Mountain Railways (2005) and Kalka-Shimla Railways (2008).