India’s First Semi-High Speed Train Gatimaan Express Flagged off
The country’s first semi-high speed train – Gatimaan Express – was flagged off by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday.
The new express train will operate between the national capital’s Hazrat Nizamuddin station and Agra Cantonment station, six days a week, except on Friday.
The new express train can attain a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, according to the Ministry of Railways.
- It comprises two executive AC chair cars and eight AC chair car coaches.
- The fare for a single AC chair car seat will be Rs 750, and that for the executive AC chair car seat Rs 1,500.
- The onboard catering will be carried out by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), with options for different cuisines, served by train hostesses.
- The new train will provide free onboard entertainment by a private agency – MyFreeTv.in.
- The ministry claims the trains have bio-toilets and are fit to run at 160 km per hour.
- The train features new LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch) coaches manufactured by Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala.
- These coaches have also been fitted with balanced draft gear couplers for a smooth ride.
(With inputs from IANS.)