Back-to-back outstation trains to cut waiting lists

In order to facilitate passengers travelling on outstation trains, officials of Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) are in the process of sending a commuter-friendly proposal to the Railway board.

More the better: Central Railway officials say having back-to-back trains will help them facilitate commuters.

In this proposal, the officials will be requesting the board to have back-to-back outstation trains on a regular basis from various terminals in the city.

Officials believe this will bring down the ever-increasing waiting list, which during peak season exceeds 500.

CR authorities said they preferred having back-to-back trains rather than adding more coaches to the existing ones.

“We are looking forward to running back-to-back trains soon,” said CR General Manager Subodh Jain.

One of the first few trains the CR authorities are planning to duplicate will be on the Mumbai-Madgaon route, as they said the number of passengers travelling on this route was on the rise. Sources in the Railways said the secondary trains would have anywhere between 15 and 18 coaches, unlike the regular outstation trains that have 20 coaches.

Citing an example of an inter-state train, a CR official said a secondary train follows the 5 pm Nagpur-bound train after an interval of 30 minutes.The official said a similar formula could be applied to several other outstation trains.

The WR authorities said depending on the availability of coaches and demand, even they would follow in CR officials’ footsteps. “There are a few routes on which there are more passengers than can be accommodated on trains. If the situation demands, then we’ll surely run back-to-back trains,” said WR General Manager Mahesh Kumar.

The WR has already added 65 coaches to various outstation trains to tackle the rising number of commuters. Officials said additional coaches yielded desired result and the waiting list had become almost extinct.
The authorities are also planning to run the third Rajdhani on the Mumbai-Delhi stretch.


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  1. we have a few favorite trains and what ever be the other facilities or alternatives offer, we indians will travel only by that train. so run that special train on the time of the favorite train or the most no. of wait listed train all the unreserved passengers will get into it. the orginal train can run say 5 minutes later so that all the reserved passengers can get into the correct train. thus the rush can be avoided for one particular train


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