Largest Railway Network: The Indian Railways is the fourth-largest railway network in the world, spanning over 67,000 kilometers (41,600 miles) and operating in both urban and rural areas.
Busiest Rail Network: With over 8,000 stations and carrying more than 23 million passengers daily, the Indian Railways is known for its immense passenger traffic and is considered one of the busiest rail networks globally.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Two railway-related locations in India have been recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.
Lifeline of India: Often referred to as the "Lifeline of India," the Indian Railways plays a vital role in connecting remote regions, facilitating transportation of goods, and serving as an affordable mode of travel for millions of people.
The Palace on Wheels: The Indian Railways operates luxury tourist trains, and one of the most famous is the "Palace on Wheels." It offers a royal experience, resembling the opulent lifestyles of the erstwhile Indian Maharajas.
Longest Railway Platform: Gorakhpur Junction in Uttar Pradesh, India, boasts the longest railway platform in the world, spanning approximately 1.35 kilometers (0.84 miles). It can accommodate multiple trains simultaneously.
The Indian Railways Catering: The Indian Railways is one of the largest employers globally, providing jobs to millions of people. Additionally, it operates a massive catering service, serving millions of meals to passengers daily.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few rack-and-pinion railways in India, offering a scenic journey through picturesque landscapes.
The Lifeline Express: The Indian Railways operates a unique medical service called the "Lifeline Express" or "Hospital on Wheels." It is a specialized train equipped with medical facilities that travels to rural areas, providing healthcare services to underserved communities.
Fastest Train: The Gatimaan Express holds the title of India's fastest train, operating at a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). It connects Delhi and Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal.