|Minister of Railways||Suresh Prabhu(Political Party: BJP )|
|Chairman Railway Board||A.K. Mital|
- A state-owned organization of the Ministry of Railways.
- Fourth largest railway network in the world (after USA, Russia, and China).
- The country’s first railway, built by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway opened in 1853, between Bombay and Thane.
- Nationalized in 1951 as one unit The Indian Railways.
- Comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 67,312 km and 7,112 stations.
- It covers twenty-nine states and three union territories and also provides limited service to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan (and planning to install a rail system in southern Bhutan).
The broad gauge is the majority and original standard gauge in India under Project Unigauge.
The apex body to run the Indian Railways is the Railway Board under the Ministry of Railways. The board is headed by a Chairman who reports to the Minister of Railways. The board has five other members in addition to the chairman. The General Managers of the zonal railways and the production units report to the board
- Indian Railways is divided into 16 zones and one subzone:
|SN||Estd. Year||Railway Zone||Headquarter||Divisions|
|1.||1951||Southern Railway (SR)||Chennai||Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, and Salem, Palakkad,Thiruvananthapuram|
|2.||1951||Central Railway (CR)||Mumbai||Mumbai,CST, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur and
|3.||1951||Western Railway (WR)||Mumbai||Mumbai,Central, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot,
Bhavnagar and Vadodara
|4.||1952||Eastern Railway (ER)||Kolkata||Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda Town|
|5.||1952||Northern Railway (NR)||Delhi||Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow NR and
|6.||1952||North Eastern Railway (NER)||Gorakhpur||Izzatnagar, Lucknow NER and Varanasi|
|7.||1955||South Eastern Railway (SER)||Kolkata||Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur and Ranchi|
|8.||1958||Northeast Frontier Railway (NF)||Maligaon, Guwahati||Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangia, Lumding and
|9.||1966||South Central Railway (SCR)||Secunderabad||Vijayawada, Secunderabad, Guntakal, Guntur,
Hyderabad and Nanded
|10.||2002||East Central Railway (ECR)||Hajipur||Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur
|11.||2002||North Western Railway (NWR)||Jaipur||Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur|
|12.||2003||East Coast Railway (ECoR)||Bhubaneswar||Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Visakhapatnam|
|13.||2003||North Central Railway (NCR)||Allahabad||Allahabad, Agra and Jhansi|
|14.||2003||South East Central Railway (SECR)||Bilaspur||Bilaspur, Raipur and Nagpur|
|15.||2003||South Western Railway (SWR)||Hubli||Hubli, Bangalore, Mysore and Gulbarga|
|16.||2003||West Central Railway (WCR)||Jabalpur||Jabalpur, Bhopal and Kota|
- First Zone created was Southern Railway (SR) Headquarter- Chennai