Types of Trains That Travel the Indian Railways
Trains are popular as both a method of cargo delivery and personal travel in India. The government of India owns and operates the majority of rail transport in India. There are several types of rail services offered by Indian Railways.
Mail or express train service
These are the most common and, thus, the most popular types of trains in India. These are the regular express trains which stop at a large number of stops. The express trains connect major cities in the region. On the Duronto Express, the Shatabdi Express and the Rajdhani Express, meals are included in the price of the fare. The Jan Shatabdi Express, by contrast, is a line of lower-priced trains. The fares on these are much less costly, but do not not include meals.
Super fast mail trains
Super fast mail trains are faster versions of mail or express trains, but customers must pay an additional fee for this faster service. These trains stop at fewer stops, so the overall travel time is greatly reduced.
Passenger, fast passenger and suburban trains
Passenger and fast passenger trains run along most short and long distance routes in the country, and stop at almost every station on those routes. The entire train is comprised of only the general type of compartment cars that one is used to on a normal subway or rapid transit train. Suburban trains have the same types of cars, but run between urban and suburban areas. These trains connect parts of a city with outer suburbs and nearby towns.
These are delivery trains that only transport goods. Goods trains are not intended for passengers.
All these railway services are overseen by the Ministry of Railways for the government of India. This official is also assisted by two ministers of State for Railways. With approximately 1.36 million employees, Indian Railways is the second largest employer in the world.