Comprising 63,327km (39,316 miles) of track and 8,000 locomotives, which transport an average of 22 million passengers every day, India’s rail network is the second largest in the world. It’s also the biggest employer on the planet, with a workforce of around 1.6 million.

One record the country’s transport ministers are somewhat less proud of, however, is the Indian Railways’ accident rate. Four to five hundred crashes occur annually in India, causing between seven and eight hundred fatalities, which makes this the most dangerous rail network in the world, by a long chalk. Having said that, travelling by rail is considerably safer than using the buses. According to official statistics, an average of 233 people die on the country’s roads every day – that’s 85,000 annually.

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