Flagging off the Inaugural run of the Jaleswar-Hawrah MEMU train , at Jaleswar station .
The fastest train is present is the Vande Bharat with operation speeds of up to 180 km/h, though the fastest service is Gatimaan Express with and operational speed of 160 km/h (99 mph). Kalka Mail is currently the oldest running train in the history of Indian Railways. It completed its 152 years of journey this year and continues to move forward. The train began its operation in 1866 as the “East Indian Railway Mail”. Maharaja Express is the costliest train in India. Indian Railways train #15906 , the Dibrugarh- Kanyakumari Vivek Express, travels 4,273 km as it winds its way from the north-eastern corner of Assam to the southmost tip of mainland India, an 85- hour journey which gives it the prestigious title of the longest train in India, by both time and distance.
Indian Railways route length network is spread over 1, 23,236 kms with 13,452 passengers trains and 9,141 freight trains plying 23 million travelers and 3 tonnes (MT) of freight daily from 7,349 stations. India’s railway network is recognized as one of the largest railway systems in the world under single management. The railway network is also ideal for long- distance travel and movement of bulk commodities, apart from being an energy efficient and economic mode of conveyance and transport. Indian Railways is the preferred carrier of automobiles in the country. Government of India has focused on investing in railway infrastructure by making investor-friendly policies. It has moved quickly to enable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in railways to improve infrastructure for freight and high- speed trains. At present, several domestic and foreign companies are also looking to invest in India rail projects.