Opening a new chapter in the history of Indian Railways, India's fastest train - Gatimaan Express - running between Delhi and Agra Cantt was introduced on the Indian Railway system on Tuesday. "The launch of this heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India," Ministry of Railways tweeted.
The train will run at the speed of 160 km/hour and cover the 184 km distance between Delhi and Agra in 105-110 minutes. Its speed is faster than the fastest Shatabdi, i.e. the New Delhi-Bhopal Habibganj Shatabdi Express whose maximum speed is 140-150 km/hour. The new express train will be hauled by an electrical engine, "WAP 5", which has a power output of 5,500 HP.
The whole train is 'Make-in-India' with its coaches built at Kapurthala Railway Coach Factory in the Punjab, bio-toilets developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and interiors from other Indian companies. The train has ten coaches and costs Rs 50 crore, according to Arun Arora, divisional railways manager (DRM), Delhi division of Northern Railway. The train looks like a Shatabdi Express but with better services. There are two executive chair car coaches and eight AC chair car coaches. It also has an on-board catering on this train, organized by the Indian railway PSU namely Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). This train will see improved catering and will have options of different kinds of cuisines. IRCTC has also made arrangement for deploying train hostesses also on board the train.
The fare for AC Chair Car is Rs.750/- whereas it is Rs.1500/- for Executive AC Chair Car. No concessions are admissible in this train.