Railways were introduced in India during the British rule. Today marks the 186th anniversary of Indian Railways. The first train of Indian Railways was run in the 19th century. Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world with a vast network covering 115,000 km. Today, Indian Railways has become the fourth largest rail network in the world.
More than 20,000 passenger trains and more than 7,000 freight trains run daily from 7349 stations in India. Today we are going to tell you about the long distance trains of Indian Railways which have set a unique example in terms of distance and time.
1- Vivek Express.
Number one on this list is Vivek Express. This weekly train is also known as the longest distance train in India, though it ranks 24th in the world (in terms of distance and time). The Vivek Express train runs once a week from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari. This train covers a distance of 4273 kilometers in about 80 hours. At this time it stops at 50 stations from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari.
2- Thiruvananthapuram-Silchar Superfast Express.
The Thiruvananthapuram-Silchar Superfast Express is a weekly train. It was earlier known as ‘Thiruvananthapuram Central-Guwahati Superfast Express’, but after extending the route on 21 November 2017, this train became the longest running ‘Superfast Train’. This train covers a distance of 3932 km in 76 hours 35 minutes. This time it stops at 54 stations.
3- Himsagar Express.
The Himsagar Express (Kanyakumari to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra) from Kanyakumari to Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra is third on the list. This weekly train crosses 12 states, stops at 73 stations and covers a distance of 3785 kilometers in about 73 hours.
4- New Age Express.
A. Navyug Express travels from Mangalore Central to Jammu Tawi (Mangalore Central to Jammu Tawi) and takes 4 days to reach its destination. The train stops at 59 stations and covers a total distance of 3685 kms. The ‘New Age or New-Era Express’ is a weekly train. Which passes through 15 states of India.
5- Amritsar Kachuveli Express.
The Amritsar Kochuveli Express is a weekly train. It travels from Amritsar to Kachuveli Thiruvananthapuram every Sunday. The train travels through 7 states, covering a distance of 3597 km, which takes about 57 hours. At this point it only stops at 25 stations.
6- Humsafar Express.
The Humsafar Express runs from Agartala to Bengaluru Cantonment. This train runs twice a week from Agartala to Bangalore Cantonment every Tuesday and Saturday. This train covers a distance of 3570 kilometers in 64 hours and 15 minutes. At this point it only stops at 28 stations.