India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express hits tracks next week

The 12049/50 Gatimaan Express will clock a speed of 160 km per hour speed in the Tughlakabad-Agra section. Prior to that, it is slated to run at 120 km per hour.

After two years of wait, India’s fastest train, the “semi-bullet” Gatimaan Express, is set to begin its inaugural run on April 5. But instead of New Delhi, it will depart from Hazrat Nizamuddin and reach Agra in 100 minutes.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will not be at the station to flag off the train. Instead he will flag off the train with remote control from Rail Bhawan at 10 am.

The proper commercial run of the train, slated to achieve a top speed of 160 kmph — a landmark for India — will commence from April 6.

The 12049/50 Gatimaan Express will clock a speed of 160 km per hour speed in the Tughlakabad-Agra section. Prior to that, it is slated to run at 120 km per hour.

The original idea to run the train from New Delhi station and make it reach Agra in 90 minutes or even in 105 or 110 minutes has been abandoned. In fact, when starting from New Delhi, the flagship train was making little improvement on time from the existing Bhopal Shatabdi. So Railways chose the safe bet of starting it from Nizamuddin station so that it reaches Agra in 100 minutes.

The train’s fares will be higher than that of a Shatabdi. The train will have 12 coaches of Executive Class as well as chair cars. It is yet to be decided whether to allow commercial booking for the inaugural run or start it the following day.

But its scheduled will be changed, making it to leave Nizammuddin railway station at 8.10 a.m. and reach Agra Cantt. at 9.50 a.m, a run of 100 minutes instead of 90 as initially planned.

The train has 12 AC coaches, hostesses in each compartment, free wi-fi facility,automatic doors, and several other facilities to offer a comfortable train journey in specially designed coaches.

The train’s fare will be more than Shatabadi Express. It will run six days a week except Friday, when the Taj Mahal is closed.

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