Indian Railways Transporting Sheep

Transportation of goods is one of the major revenue sources of Indian railways. Daily 5000 trains run which carry commodities like coal, iron ore, live animals like sheep and many other items.

Transporting live animals is a quite challenging task as it involves so much cost. Proper care should be taken to implement the freight management system. Otherwise, the railways can run into unknown issues. Transportation of live animals is completely handled by professionals. In this article, we will cover the Indian railways and how they carry sheep in the trains.

Indian Railways History

Indian Railways (IR) was started on 16th April 1853. It is operated by Ministry of Railways. It is nationalized in the year 1951. Today IR is the largest rail network in Asia and the second largest network in the world operated under single management. It is playing a crucial role in both social and economic improvement in India.

IR has 108,706 km of track length. It runs around 11,000 trains every day, of which 7000 are passenger trains. It has 7566 locomotives, 37840 coaching vehicles, 222147 fright wagons, 6853 railways stations, 300 yards, 2300 good sheds, 700 repair shops, and 1.54 million workforces. These numbers are showing that IR is the largest network in the world and their main aim is to serve Indian citizens with speed, reliability, trust, and mutual respect.

Indian railways provide various services to the passengers, they are given below:

  • Safety and dependable train services.
  • Reservation in trains.
  • Catering services.
  • Cleanliness and hygiene railway stations.
  • Pay and use toilets.
  • Waiting halls.
  • Drinking water.
  • Platforms.
  • Freight system.

transporation of sheep in Indian railways

Transportation of Sheep

The first step is to catch the sheep. This can be done by luring with the food. Then we have to check the health of all the sheep and make sure that all the animals are healthier. A valid health certificate also required to transport the animals in railways. We have to make sure the sheep are not mixed with other animals. This is to avoid stampede during transportation. The required feed should be carried and watering should be done at regular intervals.

If all these per-requisites are met, then we are ready to transport the sheep in the Indian railway goods. The goods train usually takes more time to reach the destination, than the passenger trains. This is because the high priority is given to the passenger trains. The goods train does not exceed speed more than 40KMPH. Otherwise, the compartments experience jerks and damage the products.


From the last 150 years, Indian Railways is playing a crucial role in India. It is the heart of every Indian citizen. It becomes a part of every citizen daily life. It is reliable, fast and economical. It provides the cheapest service with the best quality. The freight system of Indian railways brings two-third of the revenue and they take utmost care to transport the sheep from one part of the country to another part.