Facts About Indian Railways

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Whether it’s the scenic views of the forests, fields, lakes, seas, or mountains, there’s plenty to witness for a commuter traveling via Indian Railways.

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Here we share amazing facts about it that you probably might not know

The inception of Indian Railways took place long back on April 16, 1853, when its first passenger train covered the distance of 34 kilometers between Mumbai’s Bori Bandar to Thane.

India holds the world’s highest railway bridge called the Chenab Rail Bridge in Dharot, Jammu, and Kashmir. It is a steel and concrete arch bridge over the Chenab river, which connects the Bakkal and Kauri in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

One thing that may surprise you is that Indian Railways actually owns four UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites - Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and Kalka Shimla Railway.

One of the spectacular sights in India is the Diamond Crossing in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Named by Indian Railways itself, the Diamond Crossing has two railway tracks, going towards North-South, and another two lines, going towards East-West, that end up making a square-like Diamond shape.

The longest train ride in India is from Kanyakumari to Dibrugarh with Vivek Express, which covers around 4189 kilometers.  On the other hand, the shortest train ride is a mere 3-kilometer train ride from Nagpur to Ajni.

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