Indian Railways is one of the oldest organization in India that is still working. The first train was introduced from Mumbai to Thane back in 1853. In 1951, the whole system was nationalized as a single unit as the Indian Railways which went on to be one of the biggest railway systems on the planet. Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) handles all the operations of the Indian Railways. Here are some amazing facts of Indian Railways and IRCTC Information that you will find fascinating.
IRCTC Information And Facts
1] Indian Railway has the 4th longest rail network with 115,000 km’s of track over a route of 65,000 km’s and 7,500 stations.
2] Indian Railways carry’s over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tons of freight on 14,300 trains daily.
3] Indian Railways is the world’s 9th biggest employer with over 1.4 million employees.
4] Loco-pilots (train drivers) in Indian Railways are paid more than an average software engineer.
5] Indian Railways network ranks 5th largest in the world. is the fifth largest network in the world after the USA, Russia, China, and Canada.
6] The track length of Indian railways is about 65,000 km. If you joined all the tracks end to end you will end up wrapping the Earth about 1.6 times.
7] Running between New Delhi and Alwar in Rajasthan, The Fairy Queen is the oldest functioning steam engine in the world. It has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and has also received the Heritage Award from the International Tourist Bureau, Berlin.
8] Station with the shortest name is “Ib” in Odisha and the station with the longest name is Venkatanarasimharajuvariipeta.
9] The world’s highest railway bridge is being built by the Indian Railways over the Chenab river. It will form a link to the Kashmir Valley. This bridge will be 359 meters above the river on the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project.
10] IRCTC was introduced in the year 2002. 27 tickets were booked on the first day. Currently, on an average, 5 Lakh (half a million) tickets are booked per day via IRCTC.
11] More than 310 million tickets are booked via IRCTC every year.
12] More than 1 million people check PNR status on a daily basis.
13] First ten minutes of Tatkal tickets becoming available, each day, over 8 lakh (8,00,000) people try to book tickets. Out of these, only 50,000 are able to get confirm Tatkal Tickets.
14] Over 1.1 million berths and seats are booked on a daily basis among which 1.71 lakhs seats and 2677 berths are from Tatkal Quota.
15] Highest traffic on the IRCTC website is seen in between 10 am to 11 am when Tatkal Tickets become available. Around 40000-50000 tickets are sold during that period on a daily basis.
16] The bandwidth of the IRCTC servers is 775 Mbps-1 Gbps, which is still not enough.
17] IRCTC servers can support over 5 million threads at a time.
18] Hourly traffic on IRCTC website is much more than yearly traffic of some of the most popular websites all over the world.
19] Around 1,20,000 people can use IRCTC website at a single instance.
20] IRCTC was started with a small capital base of 200 million. The ERP for IRCTC was designed by TCS back in 2006-07.
21] The record for highest number of ticket booking through IRCTC was achieved on March 1, 2013. 5,02,000 tickets were booked on this day.
22] IRCTC has generated a revenue of 15,000 crores last year. This is more than the total income of Amazon And Flipkart combined.
23] IRCTC generated about 847 crores from Tatkal Quota booking only, in the financial year 2011-12.
24] IRCTC has more than 21 million happy customers.
25] 1 out of every 5 online users in India visits the IRCTC website and there are more than 12 million unique visitors each month.
26] There is no surprise that IRCTC was the most searched term in the year 2014 on Google India.
27] IRCTC is amongst the most viewed website websites in the world as it ranks under 750 top websites in the world and under 50 top websites in India.
28] IRCTC website was one of the slowest in the category, mostly due to such huge traffic, but after some crucial changes, it became one of the fastest developing websites in Asia-Pacific region in the year 2013.
29] IRCTC’s next generation E-Ticketing system is now able to book about 7,200 tickets per minute. Earlier, it could only book 2000 tickets per minute.
30] IRCTC also provides I-Ticket facility. This means that, after you have booked your ticket online, your ticket will be sent to you via postal service.
31] For passengers who frequently travel through trains, there is a program called “Shubh Yatra” by IRCTC where passengers can avail good discounts on their tickets round the year by paying an upfront annual fee.
32] IRCTC has made tie-ups with low-cost air carriers like GoAir and SpiceJet. If you are on a waitlist then you can now easily upgrade to flights by using this service.
33] RailTel Corporation Of India Limited has been formed by the Ministry of Railways. It is the Telecom unit owned by the Indian Railways.
34] Indian Railways, via RailTel, has been able to lay, first of its kind, Optical Fiber Communication system across the country.
35] RailTel is the first organization in the world to have deployed Cloud-based Data Centers in the country on commercial terms.
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