Indian Railways is one of the biggest railway networks in the world. It plays an instrumental role in the Indian economy and is an indispensable mode of connectivity in India. Indian railways have a very rich history and there are many amazing things about it, which we are not aware of.Today, we will talk about such railway stations which are unique in themselves for one reason or the other.
Highest railway station:
The highest railway station in India is the Ghum railway station in the Himalayan region of Darjeeling. This railway station is situated at an altitude of 2258 meters. This place is the area of Darjeeling Municipality of West Bengal. There is a peak named Tiger Hill near this railway station.
Oldest Railway Station in India:
Bori Bunder in Mumbai was the first railway station in India. The first passenger train was flagged off from Bori Bunder to Thane in 1853. This station was rebuilt as Victoria Terminus later in 1888, named after Queen Victoria. Later, in 1996, this was renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which is the main station of Mumbai.
Longest platform station:
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If we talk about the longest platform, Gorakhpur railway station has the longest railway platform not only in India but in the world. Platform number 1 of this station is the longest platform with a length of 1355 meters.However, soon the Hubballi railway station in Karnataka will achieve this feat. A 1400m long platform is in the pipeline here.
Station with maximum platforms:
Howrah junction of West Bengal holds this record, which has 23 platforms. More than 10 lakh passengers travel through these platforms every day.
Busiest railway station:
Again this record has been held by Howrah station. Around 617 passenger trains pass through the station each day serving more than a million passengers. This is the highest train handling capacity of any Indian railway station.
Station with the longest name:
Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta Railway Station was the longest name railway station in India. However, the honour now belongs to PuratchiThalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station, which is the real name of Chennai Central.
Shortest name railway station:
The railway station named Ib is the station with the shortest name in India. This railway station is in the state of Orissa. The famous station derives its name from the Ib river, which is a tributary of Mahanadi.