True to its billing, the Gatimaan Express, which was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today, emerged as the country’s fastest train. Touching a speed of 160 kmph, it traversed around 188-km Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station-Agra Cantonment railway station stretch in 100 minutes on its inaugural run.
It did an encore on its return journey from Agra to Nizamuddin. It has been primarily rolled out to boost tourism, keeping in view the large tourist footfall in Agra.
A large number of people had gathered to have a glimpse of the train at Nizamuddin station. Similar was the case when it reached Agra.
“It is a happy occasion for us as the first semi-high speed train Gatimaan starts today. We want to increase speed of all trains whether ordinary or express as part of our ‘raftar’ mission. It is not an easy task. It will take time, but we have made a plan,” Prabhu said.
Painted in royal blue and grey colour combination with a yellow strip in between, the train has another first—train hostesses to welcome passengers and Indian and continental food.
Equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, two Executive AC Chair Cars and eight AC Chair Car coaches, the train has a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
The passenger amenities have been enhanced by providing better catering service, improved coach interiors with wide windows, bio-toilets besides free multimedia services enabling passengers to view movies, news and cartoons during their journey. Photographs of tourist spots in and around Agra adorn the coaches.
Hotspot devices have been installed in coaches to enable passengers to access multimedia services free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. (with PTI inputs)