Also, when it comes to connectivity, very few modes of transport match the caliber of Indian Railways.

Here, we bring you the lesser known facts about Indian Railways:

1. Old is gold, and so is Indian Railways, which is now 161-year old.

First train journey in India was started on April 16, 1853 from Mumbai (then Bombay) to Thane.

2. Construction is on to make world's highest rail bridge, taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Indian Railways is building the highest rail bridge over Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir.

3. Income of Loco-pilots go as high up to Rs 1 Lakh per month

Train drivers, also known as Loco-pilots, are paid more than an average software engineer.

4. 'Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta' is the longest station name.
Sometimes, the station is honoured by adding ‘Sri’ to its prefix.

5. ‘IB’ is the smallest station name.
It is located in Odisha

6. The hits on the website of Indian Railways— goes up to 12 lakh per minute.
The website gets more traffic than many popular websites in the country.

7. 'Mettupalayam Ooty Nilgiri Passenger train' is the slowest train in India.
Running with a speed of 10 kilometers per hour, this train is the slowest train in the country, which mostly goes uphill.

8. First toilet in train was constructed after Indian Railways completed about 50 years.
Okhil Chandra was the man behind to do the needful.

9. Vivek Express is the longest running train in India.
Covering a distance of  4273 kms,  Vivek Express runs between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari.

10. Indian Railways fetches almost 2.5 crore passengers in a day.
It counts to the total population of New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia when put together.

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