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Indian Railway history

Indian Railways is one of the world’s largest and busiest rail networks, and the largest commercial employer. It is a department of the Government of India. The first railway in the Indian subcontinent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Mumbai to Thana on April 16th 1853. The journey took an hour and 15 minutes. On Nov 18, 1852 a locomotive hauled some coaches on a trial run from Bori Bumder to Thana in Mumbai. Some argue this as the ‘first train’ to run in India.

New Delhi, Kolkota and Chennai have metro networks. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway of the West Bengal and The Nilgiri mountain railway of Tamil Nadu are classified as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The Chatrapathy Shivaji Terminus railway station is also included in the list of world heritage sites.