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Posted - 08/24/2012 :  16:38:31  Show Profile Send S.ravi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ouble-decker train to Jaipur flagged off

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NEW DELHI: Bystanders watched in awe as the red-and-yellow train pulled out of Sarai Rohilla, and then Patel Nagar stations. It was a feat that had been two years in the waiting. But finally, on Friday evening, Northern Railway's first double-decker AC train was flagged off by railway minister Mukul Roy and chief minister Sheila Dik**** under pouring rain.

The Delhi (Sarai Rohilla) to Jaipur train will have 12 coaches in the beginning with 120 seats in each compartment, up from 78 in Shatabdi coaches. But at 4.36m high, it is only 12cm taller than an ordinary train. While 50 of its 120 seats are on the upper deck, 48 are on the lower deck, and 22 are at normal height. The journey time will be four-and-a-half hours for a total of 303km, and the fare has been kept at Rs 327.

Permanand Singh, chief designer of the coaches manufactured at the Kapurthala Coach Factory with help from RDSO, said all the coaches are made of stainless steel to lessen weight. The train is so designed that the coaches will not pile up in an accident - a first in India. Capable of travelling at 160kmph, the train has a special air suspension for a smooth ride. Each of these coaches costs Rs 3 crore, against Rs 2.5 crore for a Rajdhani coach and Rs 1.5 crore for a normal AC coach.

Recounting the history of double decker trains in India, minister Roy said, "Double decker train services were available on Indian Railways since 1975. However, as there were certain problems in these services, despite their passenger carrying capacity the trains were not increased. In 2009, the services were revived with the new concept of air-conditioned coaches. And in 2011, the first air-conditioned double decker service commenced between Howrah and Dhanbad."

Chief minister Dik**** said she was born in Kapurthala and took pride in the fact that the train was designed and developed there. "Jaipur-Delhi witnesses heavy traffic and this train will be a big relief to all businessmen and travellers alike," she said.

Nadeem Khan, a passenger on the inaugural run, said he heard about the first run on Friday morning. "I cancelled my ticket on the Jaipur Shatabdi and stayed back for this ride. I never before saw the rail track from this height, and the T3 airport from so close," he said.

The 12986 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jaipur double decker AC train will leave Delhi daily at 5.35pm and reach Jaipur at 10.05pm. On the return journey, the 12985 Jaipur-Delhi Sarai Rohilla train will start at 6am and reach Delhi at 10.30am.

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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  01:16:42  Show Profile Send S.ravi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Double decker train from Chennai to Bangalore likely by early 2013
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STATE-OF-THE-ART: A view of the a double-decker air conditioned train recently commissioned on the Delhi-Jaipur route. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The interiors of the double -decker air conditioned train that was flagged off on the Delhi-Jaipur route. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
The air-conditioned chair car will lug 70 per cent more passengers than usual coach of Shatabdi and Brindavan

The Chennai-Bangalore Double Decker AC train announced in the Railway Budget is likely to rollout by December-January touting several additional safety features and passenger amenities.

However, though you will have more people for company on board this new train, the Shatabdi Express will continue to be your best choice to reach Bangalore faster. While the running time between the two cities is about six hours for the double decker, the Shatabdi races across the 362 km in just under five hours.

According to an official at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, the coach composition to the Chennai-Bangalore section would be 17 coaches that include a 13-car rake and four spare coaches. The standard rake would have 11 Air-conditioned Double Decker Chair Cars and two Brake Van-cum-Luggage-cum power cars.

The trademark red-and-yellow stainless steel LHB chassis has been built on an anti-climbing technology template that ensures that the crashworthy coaches do not pile up in case of a mishap. An overall reduction in weight is also expected to boost fuel efficiency.

The Chennai-Bangalore Double Decker Express (daily) will have a seating capacity of 120 persons per coach that is partitioned into upper deck (50), lower deck (48) and normal (22) sections. Passengers enter the coach at normal levels on the platform and proceed to allotted seats on the upper or lower sections. The passenger carriage capacity is almost 70 per cent more than the seats on a coach of the Shatabdi (78) or the Brindavan Express (73).

Though the fare for the new train is yet to be formalised, an estimated fare of about Rs.370 a ticket for the Delhi-Jaipur train costs Rs.347 for a distance of 303 km could make travelling on the double decker chair car to Bangalore cheaper than the Shatabdi (Rs.510) or the Brindavan (Rs.386).

The actual velocity of the train would depend on track conditions, an RCF official said. From the experience of similar double-deckers introduced in other sectors, at high speed the train is expected to clock about 160 kph along some stretches.

While double deckers were operational in the Indian Railways decades ago before being shunted away to oblivion, what sets apart the new trains are passenger comfort utilities and state-of-the-art safety features.

Some of the features include a GPS-based Passenger Information System that scrolls real-time running position, train speed and distance to the next station, quickly operable emergency windows, air suspension system and multiple shock absorbers for a smooth ride and fire extinguishers in all coaches.

The coaches will also have a controlled discharge toilet system that discharges wastes only on attaining a speed of 45 kph.

According to the new timetable of Southern Railway, Train No.22625 Chennai Central- Bangalore AC Double Decker Express will leave here at 7.25 a.m. and reach Bangalore at 1.30 p.m. while Train No.22626 will leave Bangalore at 2.40 p.m. and arrive at 8.45 p.m. The stoppages are at Perambur (up direction only), Arakkonam, Katpadi, Ambur, Jolarpettai, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantonment.

The first of these modern RCF-produced double decker trains were first introduced on the Howrah-Dhanbad section followed by Delhi-Jaipur a few days ago. Apart from the Chennai-Bangalore section, the other Double Decker routes proposed are Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Bhopal-Indore, officials said.
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