About Indian Railway, Indian Railway Zones,Information

About Indian Railway, Indian Railway Zones,Information

About Indian Railway & Indian Railway Zones and Headquarters

            The Railways in India provide the principle mode of transportation for freight and passengers. The Indian railway has been a great integration force during the last more than 155 years. In 1853, when the first train steamed off from Mumbai to Thane (distance of 34 kilometers), Indian railways have grown into a vast network of 7,030 stations spread over a route length of 63,974 kilometers, with a fleet of 8,593 locomotives, 51,030 passengers service vehicles, 6,505 other coaching vehicles and 2,19,931 wagons as on 31st March 2010.   

The gauge wise route and track length of the system as on 31st March:

Broad Gauge (1.676mm): Route - 54,257 Km, Running Track - 76,758 km, Total Track - 1,01,486 km

Meter Gauge (1.000mm): Route - 7,180 Km, Running Track – 7,792 km, Total Track – 9,290 km

Narrow Gauge (762 mm and 610 mm): Route – 2,537 Km, Running Track – 2,537 km, Total Track – 2,481 km

Total:  Route – 63,974 km, Running Track – 87,087 km, Total Track 1,13,617 km

About 29% of the route kilometer, 41% of running track kilometer and 45% of total track kilometer is electrified. The rolling stock fleet of Indian railway in service as on 31st March 2010 comprised 42 steam, 5,022 diesel and 3,825 electric locomotives.

Passengers originating had raisen from 1,284 miilion in 1950-51 to 7,246 million in 2009-10 and passenger kilometers from 66.52 billion in 1950-51 to 903 billion in 2009-10.

Indian Railway network is divided into 17 Zones

Railway Zones


Central Railway
Northern Railway
New Delhi
North Eastern Railway
North East Frontier Railway
Maligaon (Guwahati)
Eastern Railway
Southern Railway
South Central Railway
South Eastern Railway
Western Railway
East Central Railway
East Coast Railway
North Central Railway
North Western Railway
South East Central Railway
South Western Railway
West Central Railway
Metro Railway


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