The Railways in India provide the principal mode of transportation for freight and passengers. It brings
together people from the farthest corners of the country and makes possible the conduct of business,
sightseeing, pilgrimage and education. The Indian Railways have been a great integrating force during
the last more than 164 years. It has bound the economic life of the country and helped in accelerating the
development of industry and agriculture.
From a very modest beginning in 1853, when the first train steamed off from Mumbai to Thane, a distance
of 34 Kms, Indian Railways have grown into a vast network of 7,349 stations spread over a route length of
67,368 Km with a fleet of 11,461 locomotives, 53,453 passenger service vehicles, 6,714 other coaching vehicles
and 2,77,987 wagons. The network runs multi-gauge operations extending over 67,368 route kilometers.
The network is divided into 17 Zonal Railways and Divisions are the basic operating units. The rolling
stock fleet of Indian Railways in services as on 31st March, 2017 comprised 39 Steam, 6,023 diesel
and 5,399 electric locomotives.
Executive Director, Information & Publicity, Railway Board,
Room no 403, Rail Bhavan, New Delhi-110001
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