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Some facts regarding Indian railways  
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Oct 06 2012 (11:43AM)
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Some facts regarding Indian railways

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Guruprasad Singh   Added by: Charm Vanished*^~  Oct 06 2012 (11:43AM)
Some facts regarding Indian railways.( Preferably to be put in FAQs section)
1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites on IR – the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus[25] and the Mountain Railways of India. The latter consists of three separate railway lines located in different parts of India
a). Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a narrow gauge railway in West Bengal.
b)Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a metre gauge railway in the
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Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu.
c)Kalka-Shimla Railway, a narrow gauge railway in the Shivalik mountains in Himachal Pradesh.
2. In 2003 the railway was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the space of 96 kilometre.
3. Maharaja Railways (Gwalior Light Railway), a narrow gauge line of just 610mm width from Gwalior to Sheopur of 198 km. in length is world's longest narrow gauge railway line is in the UNESCO world heritage tentative list.
4. Neral-Matheran Railway, a narrow gauge railway connecting Matheran is also a historic line.
5. Palace on Wheels is a specially designed train, frequently hauled by a steam locomotive, for promoting tourism in Rajasthan. On the same lines, the Maharashtra government introduced the Deccan Odyssey covering various tourist destinations in Maharashtra and Goa, and was followed by the Government of Karnataka which introduced the Golden Chariot train connecting popular tourist destinations in Karnataka and Goa. However, neither of them has been able to enjoy the popular success of the Palace on Wheels.
6. Samjhauta Express is a train that runs between India and Pakistan. However, hostilities between the two nations in 2001 saw the line being closed. It was reopened when the hostilities subsided in 2004. Another train connecting Khokhrapar (Pakistan) and Munabao (India) is the Thar Express that restarted operations on 18 February 2006; it was earlier closed down after the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
7 Lifeline Express is a special train popularly known as the "Hospital-on-Wheels" which provides healthcare to the rural areas. This train has a carriage that serves as an operating room, a second one which serves as a storeroom and an additional two that serve as a patient ward. The train travels around the country, staying at a location for about two months before moving elsewhere.
8. Among the famous locomotives, the Fairy Queen is the oldest operating locomotive in the world today, though it is operated only for specials between Delhi and Alwar. John Bull, a locomotive older than Fairy Queen, operated in 1981 commemorating its 150th anniversary.
=> Kharagpur railway station also has the distinction of being the world's longest railway platform at 1,072 m (3,517 ft).
9. The Ghum station along the Darjeeling Toy Train route is the second highest railway station in the world to be reached by a steam locomotive.[28] 10.The Mumbai–Pune Deccan Queen has the oldest running dining car in IR.
Vivek Express, between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari, has the longest run in terms of distance and time on Indian Railways network. It covers 4,286 km (2,663 mi) in about 82 hours and 30 minutes.
10 Himsagar Express, between Kanyakumari and Jammu Tawi, has the second longest run in terms of distance and time on Indian Railways network. It covers 3,715 km (2,308 mi) in about 69 hours and 30 minutes.
11.The Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India today having a maximum speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) on the Faridabad–Agra section. The fastest speed attained by any train is 184 km/h (114 mph) in 2000 during test runs.
12.The third longest train in terms of distance on Indian Railways network is navyug express between jammu tawi to mangalore covering a distance of 3609 k.m
13.The longest non-stop train is NZM-TVC Rajdhani express covering a distance of 525km between kota and vadodra
14.Double-decker AC trains have been introduced in India. The first double decker train was Flying Rani introduced in 1950 while the first double-decker AC train in the Indian Railways was introduced in November 2010, running between the Dhanbad and Howrah stations having 10 coaches and 2 power cars
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