Railway plans fully AC train from Mumbai to Delhi by May

Central Railway is planning to run its first fully air-conditioned train between Mumbai and New Delhi by May.

To be run once a week, the train is expected to leave Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in the afternoon and reach Hazrat Nizamuddin station in New Delhi in the morning. It will run via Bhopal, Khandwa and Bhusawal, said sources. The announcement for this train was made in the railway budget presented by Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on February 26.

CR general manager Subodh Jain said, “The train will be introduced during the summer to cater to increase in demand of passengers to New Delhi.”

A CR official told TOI, “The train will have more AC 3-tier coaches, though there will be AC 2-tier and First AC coaches also.”

CR will use the Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches, similar to those used in premier-class trains like Rajdhani. The LHB coaches provide more comfort and have anti-climbing and anti-telescopic features that prevent casualties during accidents.

The official said, “The fare and date of this weekly train will be decided soon. The running time of Mumbai-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express will be more than that of Rajdhani as it will take a longer route and halt at more stations.”



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