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Amazing Facts About Indian Railways

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Railway Budget 2014-15 presented by the Minister of Railways Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in Parliament today. 

The Railway Budget 2014-15 has proposed 58 new trains besides extending 11 existing trains.  Provision has been made for 28 surveys for new lines and doubling or gauge conversion of lines. A lot of new promises have been and we wish the new minister all the best.

We look at some amazing facts about Indian Railways, courtesy facts-about-india.com.

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  • The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways everyday, equals three & half times the distance to moon
  • The first train on Indian soil ran between Bombay and Thane on the 16th of April 1853
  • Indian Railways has about 63,028 route kms. of track
  • Indian Railways employs about 1.55 million people
  • It carries over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tones of freight everyday
  • It runs about 14,300 trains daily
  • Indian Railways has about 7,000 railway stations
  • The longest platform in the world is at Kharagpur and is 2,733 ft. in length, eventually it will be Gorakhpur, 1,366.33 m (4,483 ft) (longest in the world and Asia). 
  • Nehru Setu on Sone River is the longest Railway bridge
  • 42 Railway companies operated in the country before independence
  • Electric Locomotives are manufactured at Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Chittaranjan
  • Coaches are manufactured at ICF/Chennai, RCF/Kapurthala and BEML/Bangaluru
  • The national Rail Museum at New Delhi was set-up in 1977
  • People Employed in Indian Railway are about 1.6 million
  • Stations across State Lines are Navapur (Maharashtra and Gujarat) and Bhawani Mandi (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan)

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