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Fact sheet on Indian Railways, world`s fourth largest network

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 17:59

New Delhi: The Indian Railways not just runs the world`s fourth largest railroad network but is also among the largest employers. Here`s a fact sheet:

  • Operates the fourth largest railroad network in the world over 63,974 route-km.
  • Figures among the world`s five largest networks along with the US, Russia, China and Canada.
  • Enters select club of networks that ferry a cargo of over 1 billion tonnes annually.
  • Runs as many as 19,000 trains every day.
  • Some 12,000 trains are for passengers and 7,000 for freight.
  • The network has 7,083 stations.
  • Station at Kharagpur has longest platform in world of 2,733 feet.
  • Transports 2.65 million tonnes of freight each day.
  • Ferries 23 million passengers every day, 7.2 billion annually.
  • Has 1.4 million employees on its rolls.
  • Seventh largest employer in the world, according to Economist magazine.
  • Ranks as largest employer after the US defence department, the Chinese army, Wal-Mart, China National Petroleum, State Grid of China and British health services .
  • Has an annual revenue base of Rs.1,06,000 crore ($19 billion) .
  • Operations span nearly 170 years.
  • First train operated from Mumbai to Thane on April 16, 1843.
  • IANS

    First Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 17:59

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