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Rajdhani Express Train

May 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Rajdhani Express, as the name suggests, is a well renowned passenger train service that connects the capital of the country New Delhi with other significant destinations including capitals of various states, major cities, etc.

Rajdhani ExpressRajdhani Express came into existence in 1969 for offering rapid connections (that may reach up to the speed of 140 km/h) from different railway stations in New Delhi to the various capital cities of different states of India. These trains boast of superior priorities on the Indian railway network and are completely air-conditioned.

Rajdhani Express provides the range of amenities to the passengers including complimentary meals during the travel.  Various meals include the Lunch, high tea, dinner; morning tea and breakfast are served that depends on the timings of the train and duration of the travel.

Majority of these trains provide three different classes of accommodation including First Class AC ( 2 or 4 berth lockable bedrooms), Second Class AC 2-tier (open system berths with curtains for privacy), Second Class AC 3-tier (bays of 6 berths + 2 berths on the side without privacy curtains).

Presently there are 18 pairs of Rajdhani Express trains operating in India that links New Delhi to Mumbai (2), Kolkata (3), Chennai, Guwahati/Dibrugarh, Jammu, Patna, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad Railway Station, Bangalore, Jabalpur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, and Thiruvananthapuram.

Rajdhani trains are unique in a way that they have smaller number stops than other express trains and usually they are halted at major cities and business centers of states like Allahabad, Bhopal, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur etc.

Rajdhani ExpressOne of the major challenges faced by Rajdhani is that of losing their market to cheap airlines as the fares of Rajdhani Express is higher than some low cost airlines and also resurrection of road transport is also giving competition to the market share of Rajdhani Express.

Some of the famous Rajdhani Express trains include Ahmedabad Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani, Chennai Rajdhani, Mumbai Rajdhani,August Kranti Rajdhani, Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani, Howrah Rajdhani, etc

Technology Boom in Railways – Bullet Trains

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

The last century has seen so much technological boom that it is difficult for mankind to measure it. Electricity, Telecommunications, computers, internets everything came into existence only in the last century and since then human kind has grown in leaps and bounds. Look at the case of railways itself from Steam engines to Bullet trains; we have come a long way. Talking about trains, let us look at the most advanced train of all times till date the Bullet train.


Technology Boom in Railways - Bullet Trains There are very less chances that people who are reading have not heard about bullet trains, we all know that it is the fastest train in the World and is run in Japan. Bullet trains are very high speed trains and are run in Japan by four of the railways networks in this country. The bullet train got its name thus because it appeared like a bullet. The first services for this were launched in the year 1964 along with the Tokyo Olympics. It covered the distance of 7 hours in around 3 hours. The biggest beneficiary from this was the locals, the business men. The distance covered the two most important metro of Japan, a journey of a day was possible to and fro and thus business flourished in these two regions.


It is of course obvious, that to get the bullet trains in place called popularly as Shinkansen in Japan a very high tech technology was used in terms of routing, the tracking system , the signal and even the use of trains. There was no compromise done on the safety and the security of the passenger who were travelling in it. These trains are generally lighter in weight and offer high acceleration and deceleration. Talking about punctuality, these trains were highly punctual and used to reach 6 seconds within the stipulated time. However; like all the other things they also had to face through a lot of natural challenges like the rain, the snow and the earthquakes but however they have managed it pretty well. Though Japan being a place very prone to earthquakes and typhoons, there has not been a single casualty which has occurred due to this to these trains.

Bullet trains in India

Apart from Japan, the technology of bullet trains is being used in Taiwan, China, UK, Brazil, US, Canada and Vietnam. As far as India is concerned though it has one of the largest networks in world, It does not support lines which can cross 200 to 250 Kms. We have few trains, like the Duronto express which are generally nonstop trains between two major stations like a Mumbai – Ahmadabad Duronto or a Mumbai – Nagpur Duronto. Even the Satabdi express are generally called as high speed train in India. However no concrete plan has come to start the Bullet trains in India. There have been various elevator corridors discussed between important stations in all the part of the country, but that has not taken off yet.

Bullet trains will take a few more years to become a reality in India.

Superfast Trains – Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express

August 7th, 2009 Comments off

Indian Railways operates a range of superfast trains also in addition to regular trains. Initially the number of Indian Superfast Trains was limited to few dozens however it has increased to more than 200. Superfast trains usually operate faster than the other Mail / Express trains and registered the same distance in less time.

Indian Superfast TrainAs per the Indian Railways, the trains attaining the mean speed of 55 km an hour are termed as “Superfast Trains”.  The train numbers of Indian Superfast Trains begins with 2 in order to mark them as superfast trains. The charges of the superfast trains are higher as compared to the regular trains however  they effectively reduce the time taken to travel the same distance and thus worth the price.

There are mainly three types of Indian Superfast Trains including Rajdhani Expresses, Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi Expresses and other Superfast Mails / Expresses.

Rajdhani and Shatabdi Expresses are the most prominent Indian Superfast Trains. They are all air-conditioned trains offering comfortable and plush journey to the passengers. Rajdhani express as the name suggests links the capital of the country with the different destinations across the nation. It is regarded as one of the fastest trains which register the maximum speed of about 140 km/h.

Shatabdi Expresses are the inter city air-conditioned trains that links the metro towns, significant cities and business centers of the nation. These trains comprise of seat accommodation only and they can register the maximum speed of 130 km/h.

Indian Superfast TrainsThere is a more luxurious version of Shatabdi trains known as “Swarna Shatabdi Express”.  Another variant is Jan Shatabdi Expresses which are economical and usually non-air conditioned train.  Apart from these trains, other trains do not fall into any category and are known as their names. The commercial speed of the train is calculated by dividing the total distance covered by total time taken.

Shatabdi Express – Shatabdi Express India – Shatabdi Express Booking, Time Table

June 18th, 2009 Comments off

Shatabdi Express trains are a chain of superfast trains in India that link Metro cities with other prominent cities for pilgrimage, tourism, or business. Shatabdi Expresses are only day-trains and they come back to the originating station on the same day. Shatabdi are the fastest and prestigious trains of the Indian railways.

Shatabdi ExpressShatabdi Express trains operate over short distances while Rajdhani Expresses cover long-distance trains linking the nation’s capital New Delhi to the capitals of other states.  Bhopal Shatabdi Express (2001) is the fastest train in India which operates at the speed of 160 km/h.

The first Shatabdi train was inaugurated in the 1988 to memorialize the centenary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s Birthday by Madhav Rao Scindia who was the minister for railways. It ran from New Delhi to gwalior, later extending up to Bhopal junction.

The average speed of Bhopal Shatabadi is about 93 km/h between the originating and the destination stations running at the speeds at 150 km/h.  The Shatabdi Express receives the priority in comparison to other trains and usually given platform no 1 at the most stations.  Swarna Shatabadi Express is regarded as the most luxurious of the Shatabdi Express trains of India.

In addition to luxurious Shatabdi trains the Indian Railways also added an economical priced version Jan-Shatabdi Expresses, which are non air-conditioning and reasonably priced.

Gharib Rath (chariot of the poor) introduced by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav are fast trains similar to Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains which are completely Air-Conditioned and available at lower fares. These trains have proved to be highly successful and give stiff competition to low cost airlines operating on long-distance routes.

Shatabdi ExpressExpress travelers are served with breakfast, snacks, coffee or tea, meals, a glass of canned juice and a litre of water bottle.  Installation of on board entertainment systems have is being done on some of these trains where the passengers can avail the facility of watching movies and tv serials via satellite.

Some of the famous Shatabdi trains include Bhopal Shatabdi, Kanpur & Aligarh Lucknow Swarna Shatabdi, Kalka Shatabdi, Amritsar Shatabdi, Ajmer Shatabdi, Dehradun Shatabdi, etc

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