Indian Railways Fact Sheet

  • Third largest railway network in the world with route kilometer of nearly  64,000 route km.
  • IR operations span 170 years, from the first train that ran from Mumbai to Thane on April 16, 1853.
  • 19,000 trains are run every day including 12,000 passenger trains and 7,000 freight trains.
  • Over 7,000 stations.
  • Transports 2.65 million tonnes of freight every day.
  • Ferries 23 million passengers every day, 7.2 billion annually.
  • 1.36 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 ($21 billion).

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