Indian Railways launches semi-high-speed train

India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, flags off the new service
India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, flags off the new service

Indian Railways has launched its first semi-high speed train, the Gatimaan Express, which has a maximum speed of 160kph.

The train, which runs between Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Station and Agra, was flagged off on 5 April 2016 by India’s Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu.

The Gatimaan Express will run six days a week (every day except Friday), departing Delhi at 0810 and arriving in Agra at 0950. The return journey will leave Agra at 1750 and arrive back in Delhi at 1930.

The train comprises two executive air-conditioned chair cars and eight air-conditioned coach cars. Tickets are priced at INR750 (approx. US$11.30) for the coach class and INR1,500 for executive class.

The onboard catering is organised by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which has deployed hostesses on the train. IRCTC has also arranged two different Agra guided tour packages to coincide with the train’s timetable.

The Gatimaan Express also has complimentary onboard entertainment provided by MyFreeTv.in.

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