First passenger train was started between Mumbai and Thane on April 16, 1853.

Parsik Tunnel is the first rail tunnel in the country.

First underground rail system started in Kolkatta.

In the year 1986 the first computerized reservation system started in New Delhi.

First electric train ran between Mumbai VT and Kurla on Feburary 3, 1925.
Indian Railways is considered to be the largest employer with about 1.55 million people employed in the operations.

In the year 1977 the National Rail Museum was established.

Dapoorie Viaduct is the first railway bridge ever created.

At an average Indian rails carry about 13 million passengers and 1.3 million tones freight everyday.
Orissa is the shortest station name whereas Sri Venkatanarasimharajuvariapeta in Tamil Nadu is the longest station name.

Indian Railways is known to have about 7000 railway stations between which about 14,300 trains run daily.

The longest train journey is covered by Himsagar Express that connects Jammu Tavi in North with Kanya Kumari in South. The train travels a distance of about 4751 kms and the journey takes about 66 hours.
The longest platform is about 2733 feet in length and is situated at Khragpur.
The longest tunnel is Karbude situated on Konkan Railways is 6.5 kms long.
The fastest train is the Bhopal Shatabdi Express that runs at a speed of about 140 km/h.
Longest Railway Bridge is Nehru Setu of about 10044 ft in length on Sone River.
Siliguri Railway Station is the only station with all the three gauges.
Howrah-Amritsar Express has maximum number of halts with 115 halts.

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