15 Facts About Indian Railways


Indian Railways is a statutory body under the ownership of Ministry of Railways, Government of India that operates India's national railway system.

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In 1974, Indian Railways endured a 20 day strike, which damaged the nation's economy.

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On 31 March 2017, Indian Railways announced that the country's entire rail network would be electrified by 2022 or 2023, and become a net-zero railway by 2030.

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On 22 March 2020, Indian Railways announced a nationwide shutdown of passenger rail service to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

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Indian Railways have since then opened are currently functioning in 2022.

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Indian Railways is headed by a Four-member Railway Board whose chairman reports to the Ministry of Railways.

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Presently Indian Railways rolling stock are being manufactured by ICF, MCF and RCF.

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Indian Railways Railway uses 25 kV 50 Hz AC traction on all its electrified tracks.

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Research and trials in Europe, particularly on French Indian Railways, indicated that 25 kV AC was an economical electrification system.

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Indian Railways decided in 1957 to adopt 25 kV AC as its standard, with SNCF their consultant in the early stages.

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Indian Railways announced on 31 March 2017 that the country's entire rail network would be electrified by 2022.

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Indian Railways Railway operates tourist train or coach services on popular tourist circuits in different regions of the country.

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On 12 May 2020, in first phase, Indian Railways started the Rajdhani Express for 15 cities and began the reservation for the same via IRCTC website an evening before.

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Indian Railways is planning to seek investments from private firms to operate passenger trains for the first time.

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Ministry of Indian Railways identified 109 origin-destination routes via 151 trains asked private companies to submit their interest.

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