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Fastest Indian Train Gatimaan Hits the Tracks
Apr 08, 2016

India’s first semi-high speed train, running at a maximum speed of 160 kmph, was introduced on the Indian Railways system on April 5. The Gatimaan Express is now running between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantonment stations. The launch of this train heralds a new era of high-speed rail travel in India.

Key Features

  • On April 5, India's fastest train Gatimaan Express made its debut run from Delhi Hajrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt  (188 kms)  in 100 minutes.

  • The train was just seven minutes faster than the Shatabdi Express, on the same route. Its top speed is 160 km an hour.

  • Gatimaan is a part of a plan to overhaul one of the world's oldest rail networks over five years.

  • Gatimaan includes bio-toilets, a GPS-passenger information service, automatic sliding doors in coaches and an entertainment system.

  • Gatimaan Express with train-hostesses and an entertainment system brings in a new era of high-speed rail travel in India.

  • A Gatimaan ride costs Rs. 750 for the AC Chair Car coaches and Rs. 1,500 for travelling in the Executive Class coaches.

  • Gatimaan will run six days a week, except on Fridays when the Taj Mahal is closed for visitors.

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), that handles catering, tourism and ticketing operations of the railways, is ensuring that the food and other services on the train are comparable to an in-flight experience.

  • The train’s 10 Wi-Fi enabled coaches manufactured in the Kaputhala Coach Factory, also equipped with bio-toilets, designed to convert human waste into a liquid.

  • The Gatiman Express is running on an existing railway line, modified slightly to meet its speed requirements.

  • Gatimaan, hailed as India’s first semi-high speed train, is likely to be introduced on eight other routes across the country soon.


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