The Railways ministry announced that India’s first air-conditioned double-decker Shatabdi train will run from Mumbai to Goa soon. Keeping the tourist demand during winters in mind, the Ministry has introduced the double-decker train on that route.
India’s first double-decker train was flagged off in October 2011 and it still operates between Howrah in West Bengal and Dhanbad in Jharkhand. The double-decker coaches have been introduced on other routes as well, however, this is the first time a Shatabdi train is getting the double-decker coaches.
Let us take a look at some key facts about Shatabdi Express:
Congress leader Madhav Rao Scindia flagged off the first Shatabdi Express in 1988 to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
All Shatabdi trains are day trains. They come back to their original station at the end of each day.
The fastest train in India is the Shatabdi Express that runs between New Delhi and Habibgaj in Bhopal. The train runs at 150 kilometre per hour.
Here are seven rail routes in India that have double-decker trains:
1. Ahmedabad-Mumbai: The first superfast AC double-decker train ran between Ahmedabad Junction and Mumbai Central in September 2012. The train generally takes 7 hours to complete 493 kilometres between the two cities.
2. Howrah-Dhanbad: The first ever double-decker train was flagged off from Howrah to Dhanbad. The service started on October 1 in 2011. With the launch of this train, India became the third country after USA and England to operate double-decker trains. It covers 259 kilometres in around 5 hours.
3. Chennai-Bangalore: The train comprises of 12 coaches. Apart from two engine coaches, the train has 10 double-decker chair cars. The train takes around 6 hours to cover a distance of 358 kilometres.
4. Delhi-Jaipur: The second shortest and most frequently used double-decker train runs between Delhi and Jaipur. The service was inaugurated on August 17, 2012. The train runs 303 kilometres within 4 hours 30 minutes.
5. Flying Ranee: One of the oldest trains in India, the Flying Ranee was introduced by the British in 1906 as a weekend special between Mumbai and Surat. Termed the Queen of the West Coast, the train runs for about 4 hours 30 minutess. The double-decker coaches were included recently. The train still runs with single deck coaches, sometimes.
6. Kacheguda-Tirupati: In order to tackle the surge of pilgrims to Tirupati, the Indian Railways last year introduced a double-decker train between Kacheguda in Hyderabad and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. The train runs for 636 kilometre within 11 hours 30 minutes.
7. Guntur-Kacheguda: Telengana’s second double-decker train, the Guntur-Kacheguda Express was introduced on May 13, last year. The train originates from Guntur and is scheduled to run for 287 kilometres within 5 hours 10 minutes.