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Railways to roll out long distance double decker train Uday Express in 2018

Uday will join nine other double-decker trains in the railways' fleet

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Come new year, is all set to roll out Uday Express, its ambitious new long distance train.

The will run on three routes-Coimbatore-Bengaluru; Bandra-Jamnagar and Visakhapatnam-Vijaywada.

or the Utkrisht Double-Decker Air- conditioned was announced in the Railway Budget 2016-2017 and is specially aimed at catering to business travellers.

The first trial run of the train was conducted on August 10 with just three coaches, and the speed was then limited to just 80km per hour. The second took place on December 5 on the Coimbatore-route at a speed of 100 kmph from covering a distance of around 235km.

Uday will join nine other in the railways' fleet.

The are a improved variant of the normal AC chair car coaches with vinyl wrapping on exterior coaches, LCD type passenger information system on each deck, dining space on middle deck area with provision of automatic food vending machine and large LCD screen for infotainment on every third coach.

The train will have two bathrooms with bio-toilets.

"These trains will have 40 per cent additional passenger capacity and will be plying on busy routes. So, it's a great addition to our fleet," an official said.

The first is likely to be first operational on the Coimbatore-route.

Officials said that it will depart at 5:40 am from Coimbatore to reach at 12:40 pm, taking a total time of seven hours.

On the other hand, for the return journey the Bengaluru- Coimbatore will depart at 2:15 pm from to reach Coimbatore at 9:00 pm, taking a total time of 6 hours and 45 minutes.

First Published: Mon, December 11 2017. 19:58 IST
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