Being the largest and the busiest railway network the Indian Railways is the state owned railway company of the country. It is controlled by the Ministry of Railways and the Government of India. It is serving the country from the year 1853. At present every day it transports about 18 million passengers and 2 million tons of freights. Being the largest commercial unit and the utility employer it employs about 1.4 million people from all over the country. With its headquarters in the capital of the country, at New Delhi the Indian Railway now is presided by Mamata Banerjee who is the present Union Railway Minister.
The Indian Railway is divided into 16 different zones which are again subdivided into different divisions. Each zone has the status of the zonal railway and the divisions are maintained under the division headquarters. The zones are headed by the GM or the General Manager who is to report directly to the Railway Board. The 16 different zones are; Central, East Central, East Coast, Eastern, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Northeast Frontier, Northern, South Central, South East Central, South Eastern, South Western, Southern, West Central, Western.
The information regarding the Indian Railway is available on the internet by logging in to the official website http://www.indianrailways.gov.in. This is the official website of the Ministry of Railways. The general information like the train schedules is available on this site. To find the information of the zonal railways website the users can log in to the website http://www.indianrailways.gov.in.
To get the time information about the reservation and availability of seats or berths, or to check the ticket status, the stops and the schedules the passengers can log in to the same website as mentioned early.
In the major and important cities the passengers can book the tickets directly from the website of the Indian Railway catering and Tourism Corporation which is http://www.irctc.co.in.