Indian Railways is the world’s seventh largest commercial or utility employer with over 1.307 million employees. The history of rail transport in India began in the mid-nineteenth century. Railways were first introduced to India in the year 1853 from Bombay to Thane. In 1951 the systems were nationalised as one unit, the Indian Railways becoming one of the largest networks in the world. Its operations cover twenty nine states and seven union territories and also provides limited international services to Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.