What are some interesting facts about the railways around the world?
Asim Mohammed, Seeker
Amazing Facts of Indian Railways:
1.Indian Railways transports almost 25 million passengers daily
That is almost the entire population of North Korea. There are 150 countries with lesser population than the number of passengers Indian Railways carry.
- The Indian Railways website gets close to 1.2 million hits per minute
- The record for maximum number of stops by an Express/Mail train is held by Howrah – Amritsar Express 115 halts
- Two stations at same location: Srirampur and Belapur are two different stations in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra which are both at the same location on the railway route but on opposite sides of the track.
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And my personal favorite.
Kalka-Shimla Railway line, a UNESCO Heritage site.
Shimla (Simla), the summer capital of British India in 1864, and was also the headquarters of the British army in India.
Kalka-Shimla-Railway runs through 102 tunnels, some of which have hoary tales to tell.
For instance, the longest tunnel at Barog, named after the engineer in charge of construction, bears the blood of it's creator who apparently committed suicide after making a mistake in laying the alignment. This tunnel is 1143.61 meters long and remained the second longest tunnel on Indian Railways for a long time. It is a straight tunnel, passing through fissured sand stone.
Apparently, Chief Engineer H.S. Herlington later completed the tunnel with help from Bhalku, a local sadhu (priest).
The line has 864 bridges.
It has 919 curves, the sharpest being 48 degrees (a radius of 37.47 m or 122.93 feet).
Climbing from 656 meters, the line terminates at an elevation of 2,076 meters at Shimla, a difference in height of 1,420 meters.
Neeraj Gupta, 3 Continents, 15+ Countries and Counting !!
India is building world's highest rail bridge in Jammu and Kashmir over river Chenab. It spans the Chenab River between Bakkal and Kauri, in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. When completed, the bridge will be 1,315 m (4,314 ft) long, with a 480 m (1,570 ft) trussed arch span, 359 m (1,178 ft) above the river Chenab and a 650 m (2,130 ft) long viaduct on the Kauri side.
Indian engineers are toiling in the Himalayas to build the world's highest railway bridge which is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower when completed by 2016.
Work on the bridge started in 2002 but safety and feasibility concerns, including the area's strong winds, saw the project halted in 2008 before being green-lighted again two years later.
The estimated cost of the project, which is being handled by Konkan Railway Corporation, a subsidiary of state-owned Indian Railways, is $92 million.
The bridge will connect Baramulla to Jammu in the Himalayan state with a travel time of six-and-a-half hours, almost half the time it currently takes.
The main arch is being erected using two cable cranes attached on either side of the river which are secured on enormous steel pylons. The 1,315-metre long bridge will use up to 25,000 tonnes of steel with some material being transported by helicopters due to the tough terrain.