India's Railway Sy em: Carrying 8 Billion People Every Year
Fun fact: the number of people who travel in indian trains in a day is more than the population australia.
Indian population living in villages and rural areas - 40-50%
The percentage of videos and photos from extremely poor areas portrayed by foreign media - 95%
India for sure is not rich , but it's not poor as well !
I travelled through India by train more than 20 years ago from Mysore to Delhi and stop over on many destinations. To this day it is one of my greatest adventures of my life. The diversity of the landscapes and the different people and their backgrounds I met was truly remarkable.
Indian railway is so big that it had it's own Ministry and separate budget in parliament. Also it's one of the biggest employer in the world with more than 1.3 Million employees.
British built railways in India to serve their own purpose of bringing goods from inland to ports to export to their country. It was not made to serve purpose of Indian public.
Being Indian I can attest to the fact that the works of modernizing is well underway. A lot of work got done during the lockdown when trains got shutdown
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Electrification reached my town station last year ( north East ) so,
I don't think it will take much any longer the Indian railways to be completely rified .
8.4Bn is just the people who have reserved the seats or bought the tickets... But there are few people who don't buy tickets and travel in general couches where Ticket Checkers never come...
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With the coming of the lockdown, the Railway immediately mobilized 4+ Bn dollars to start rification in full swing now that most of the lines were not being used. The Railway should reach its rification target by 2023.
Being an indian , I must say considering the size of indian railway sy em, it's improving day by day and hopefully some day india will compit with other countries in terms of speed and safety of the passengers .
Not a single mention of Dedicated Freight Corridors ?!
Dude you forgot to mention that the Indian railways ran the 'World's first ric hauled double stack container train', and will continue to do so,for the purpose of which ests the locomotive in the thumbnail...
As an Indian who has travelled to Mumbai many times I can tell you all human deaths are mostly due to ignorance of people. They either stand/ hang by the opening of the train or attempt to cross the world's busiest railway line. Rail accidents have become very few in the country. So, yeah I don't blame the railways or the ministry - it's the people who want it happen to them.
Moving the equivalent of the world’s population plus another 1B each year is mind boggling.
Having travelled from Delhi to chennai by train, I can confirm that rail travel in India, was an experience you'll never forget. Both zing and terrifying at the same time.
Hyperloop is an idea that has been around the 1920s, it has not gone anywhere because building such a large vacuum chamber is very difficult and the amount of energy to maintain the low pressure will be enormous.
i have childhood memories of travelling on the longest route mentioned here. from assam to kerela. it took ur 5 to 6 days sometimes. it was a journey to be witnessed. chaotic zing eye opening experience to say the least
Drivers presters: "better jail than rail"
hyperloop is a literal pipedream. Its more hype than reality
Unfortunately many of those fatalities on Indian rail are actually suicides. Tragic.
On a ber ne. as others have ned. Travelling on the Indian railways sy em is an experience.
The Indians take much pride in their rail sy em.
India is moving forward with conventional high speed rail, dedicated freight corridors and upgrading the conventional network to semi high speed standards (200 km/h) which I think is the prudent way forward. The Hyperloop is a pipe dream and has been debunked multiple times. It is a highly impractical concept
14M USD per km is extremely ch compared to what the HS2 is projected to cost in the UK (£90M per km, which is probably a ridiculous underestimate).
I traveled around India via train for a year... Its just zing how everything works.
Just FYI, that 8 billion figure comes from ticket sales, but a good chunk of people travel without, so the number is likely to be higher
I had no idea India had such an extensive and growing rail sy em, but then I’m from America where we assume nobody does it better.
Yes, IR has come a long way from the days of coal-fed steam locos (with coal being shipped from the east to all over the wide land) to full rification. Wow. Get some Thorium nuclear reactors to feed the ric grid.
Hyperloop is one of the most epically ridiculous ideas ever stolen by Elon Musk.
It is also the most complicated railway sy em in the world.
turning trains into mobile covid hospitals is freaking brilliant. way to go India