The Gatimaan Express: 10 Things You Should Know
One of the Indian trains en route to its destination. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)
One of the Indian trains en route to its destination. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The Gatimaan Express: 10 Things You Should Know

The Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train, has completed its last trial and is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sometime next month.

After two successful tests were carried out, the Gatimaan Express will now surpass the New Delhi-Habibganj Shatabdi Express, formerly India’s fastest train.

Mighty Gatimaan’s ten faces in a plate for you:

1. Super Speed!



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Chengalpattu ‘S curve’ along the beautiful Kolavai lake with mountains serving as the backdrop. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The Gatimaan Express will run at the speed of 160 km per hour. Our Indian railways have clearly picked up pace.

2. Time Travel

Thull Ghat tunnels, Kerala. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)
Thull Ghat tunnels, Kerala. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The train has an expected travel time of 105 minutes to cover the 200 km journey from Delhi to Agra.

3. Pocket Heavy?



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Amaravathi Express bound for Vasco-da-Gamadescends Braganza Ghats passing Dudhsagar. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The fare of the new train service will be 25% more than the normal fare of the Shatabdi Express. Now that will be an expensive ride, eh?

4. Decorative Journey



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At the mighty Pamban Bridge, Rameshwaram. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The Gatimaan will have 12 modern coaches packed with bells and whistles. Indian railways has clearly upped its style quotient with this one.

5. Choose Your Coach

This is a normal Indian train ride.&nbsp;(Photo: Reuters)
This is a normal Indian train ride. (Photo: Reuters)

The Gatimaan Express will have an Executive Class, a Chair Car category of seats as well as a catering facility. So choose your coach in accordance with the depth of your wallet!

6. Luxury Ride



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Ankai fort basks in the glory of full moon as 2 trains cross each other at the base of the fort. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

An eight inch LCD will be fixed behind each seat of the Gatimaan Express. This should help you catch up on whatever you’re missing while on the move.

7. Attention to Detail

A scene from Mumbai. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)
A scene from Mumbai. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

To attain high speed, the tracks on the Delhi-Agra route have been fenced off at certain places. The signalling system has also been upgraded.

8. The Extras

A man looks out of a train window.&nbsp;(Photo: Reuters)
A man looks out of a train window. (Photo: Reuters)

Extra advanced facilities like an automatic fire alarm, emergency braking system along with the passenger information system and sliding doors inside the coaches will be some of the features on the train. Want more?

9. Power Pull

The sunlight sets in beautifully at the backdrop. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)
The sunlight sets in beautifully at the backdrop. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

The Gatimaan Express will be pulled by a 5,400 HP (Horse Power) electric locomotive engine. Speed shall evidently be well supplemented with power.

10. More to Come

Gatimaan express to be launched on some other routes. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)
Gatimaan express to be launched on some other routes. (Photo credit: Facebook/Indian Railways)

After its initial implementation, the Indian Railways has planned to launch the semi high-speed train service on nine more routes including Kanpur-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Goa-Mumbai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Nagpur-Secunderabad and Chandigarh-Delhi. So plan your holidays people!

All we’ll say is, more power to you Indian Railways; we have our sights set on the new express.

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