First air-conditioned double-decker train in south India

Chennai Central-Bangalore City-Chennai Central Daily Superfast Express, the first fully air-conditioned double-decker train in south India, arrived here Thursday afternoon to a grand reception.

Leaving Chennai Central at 7.25 a.m., it reached Bangalore City Station at 1.30 p.m. even as senior officials from the South Western Railway joined the public to welcome it.

According to N. Ramesh, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Bangalore Division of SWR, 488 passengers travelled from Chennai to Bangalore during the inaugural run. During its return journey from Bangalore, it left at 2.40 p.m. with 642 passengers and reached Chennai at 8.45 pm.

While the occupancy was 41 per cent and the earnings were Rs. 2,29,360 in the Chennai-Bangalore trip, it was 54 per cent and 3,01,740 in the return trip, he said.

K.N. Krishnaprasad, a retired government official, who travelled from Chennai to Bangalore, told The Hindu that the train was ahead of schedule and the running time might be reduced in future. The coaches of the train have three levels of floors, one at the platform entry level, one at the lower level and another at the upper level, with a seating capacity of 22, 48 and 50. The coaches are fitted with semi-reclining cushion seats and have power outlets for laptop/ cell phone charging.

Other features include a GPS-based passenger information system providing real-time running position, train speed and distance to the next station.

Published in: on April 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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