Toy train to have more leg space, luxe coaches

From Saturday, you can look forward to a more comfortable journey aboard the Matheran toy train. Central Railway (CR) will reduce the number of seats from 18 to 16 in first-class compartments to offer more leg space to passengers. And if all goes according to plan, you will soon be able to tickle your taste buds while taking in the scenic sights on way to the hill station on the century-old train. CR has now firmed up plans to carve out a compartment with luxurious fittings,comfortable sofas and piping hot food for Matheran-bound passengers.

At present, the toy-train, which runs on narrow-gauge, has second- and first-class compartments. The luxury coach will be a welcome addition for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the hills.

The initiative is the brainchild of CR general manager Subodh Jain, who has asked his team to work on the design of such a coach. The fare and maximum number of passengers to be allowed in the luxury coach are yet to be determined. It will have comfortable sofas, attractive interiors and carpet. CR also plans to serve hot food to passengers of this compartment during the journey.

Jain said, “A package will be designed especially for travel by the luxury coach. In the interim, we have decided to modify the seating arrangement in the first-class coach to make it more spacious.”

The 106-year-old Matheran Light Rail (MLR) is 19.97-km long and there are 221 curves on the stretch. Due to the steep slope,ittakesover twohoursto cover the distance from Neral to Matheran and one hour and forty minutes on its return journey. On September 30, CR introduced the first monsoon run on the MLR. It now runs a shuttle service on the 3-km stretch between Aman Lodge andMatheran during rains. MATHERAN MAGIC
MORE LEG SPACE | From Saturday, CR will reduce the number of seats from 18 to 16 in first-class compartments of Matheran toy train.

TASTY TREAT | CR plans to introduce a luxury coach on the toy train. This coach will have luxurious fittings, comfortable sofas and tapestry. Piping hot food will be served to passengers.

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