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Indian Railways

Indian Railways is the name given to the state-owned national railway network of India. The Indian Railways operates many types of trains, from long-distance diesels carrying freight to short-distance electric suburban trains. Travelling by trains is one of the best ways of seeing India, particularly the countryside, which tourists who stay in large cities such as Delhi usually don't see.

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  • The largest rail network in Asia, along with China.
  • World's second largest rail network under one management
  • 100,000 kilometres of track
  • 300 yards (train storage/maintenance yards, not distance yards)
  • 2,300 goodsheds
  • 700 repairshops
  • 8,300 locomotives
  • 39,000 coaching vehicles
  • 350,000 freight wagons
  • 4.2 billion passengers per year
  • 376 millions tons of freight in 1992-93

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