Indian Railways (IR) is India’s national railway system operated by the Ministry of Railways. It manages the fourth-largest railway network in the world by size, with 121,407 kilometers (75,439 mi) of total track over a 67,368-kilometre (41,861 mi) route. Forty nine percent of the routes are electrified with 25 KV AC electric traction while thirty three percent of them are double or multi-tracked.
IR runs more than 20,000 passenger trains daily, on both long-distance and suburban routes, from 7,349 stations across India. The trains have a five-digit numbering system. Mail or express trains, the most common types, run at an average speed of 50.6 kilo meters per hour (31.4 mph). In the freight segment, IR runs more than 9,200 trains daily. The average speed of freight trains is around 24 kilo meters per our (15 mph).
As of March 2017, IR’s rolling stock consisted of 277,987 freight wagons, 70,937 passenger coaches and 11,452 locomotives. IR owns locomotive and coach-production facilities at several locations in India. The world’s eighth-largest employer, it had 1.308 million employees as of March 2017.
The first railway proposals for India were made in Madras in 1832. The country’s first train, Red Hill Railway (built by Arthur Cotton to transport granite for road-building), ran from Red Hills to the Chintadripet bridge in Madras in 1837. In 1845, the Godavari Dam Construction Railway wasbuilt by Cotton at Dowleswaram in Rajahmundry, to supply stone for the construction of a dam over the Godavari River. In 1851, the Solani Aqueduct Railway was built by Proby Cautley in Roorkee to transport construction materials for an aqueduct over the Solani River.
India’s first passenger train, hauled by three steam locomotives (Sahib, Sindh and Sultan), ran for 34 kilometers (21 mi) with 400 people in 14 carriages on 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge track between Bori Bunder (Mumbai) and Thane on 16 April 1853. The Dapoorie viaduct, India’s first railway bridge, was built over the Ulhas River when the Mumbai-Thane line was extended to Kalyan in May 1854. Eastern India’s first passenger train ran 24miles (39 km) from Howrah, near Kolkata, to Hoogly on 15 August 1854. The first passenger train in South India ran 60 miles (97 km) from Royapuram-Veyasarapady (Madras) to Wallajah Road (Arcot) on 1 July 1856.
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2. Railway Group D – Physical Fitness Test
If you qualify Group D Computer Based Test then you will be called for a Physical Efficiency Test. PET will be qualifying in nature & twice the no. of category-wise vacancies will be called for this stage of selection.
You should be able to lift and carry 35 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down.
You should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 4 minutes and 15 seconds in one chance.
You should be able to lift and carry 20 kg of weight for a distance of 100 metres in 2 minutes in one chance without putting the weight down.
You should be able to run for a distance of 1000 metres in 5 minutes and 40 seconds in one chance.
3. RRB Group D Document Verification
Based on your performance in the CBT subject to your qualifying in PET, you will be called for document verification.
Your final selection will be made after you qualify all these 3 stages of selection.