COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore-Bengaluru double-decker train by the Indian Railways will be flagged off on June 10 by Rajen Gohain, Union Minister of State for Railways. The flag off will also coincide with the start of a passenger lift for platforms 3 and 4 at the Coimbatore railway station. The train has been named Uday Express.
The train was introduced in the 2016 Railway Budget, which is now ready to start running between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. On its maiden run, the train is going to start from Bengaluru. The train will depart from Bengaluru at 2:15 PM, and reach Coimbatore at 9:00 PM on the same day, taking a total of 6 hours and 45 min to cover the distance. From Coimbatore, the train will leave at 5:40 AM and reach Bengaluru at 12:40 PM, taking a total of 7 hours to complete the journey.
Uday Express is a fully air-conditioned chair car, and is the first train by Indian Railways to have a food vending machine inside the train. There are mini-pantries as well inside the train. The train has a total of 14 coaches, out of which 4 coaches have pantry and 8 are without pantry. The bright orange and yellow exterior of the train gives it an attractive look, while the interior has been upgraded with modern facilities. The train can accommodate 82 passengers at a time.
The Coimbatore-Bengaluru double-decker Uday Express comes with Wi-Fi, toilets with modular fittings, LED lighting, snack tables, arm-rest, roller blinds, and luggage racks, among other things. The toilets will eventually be upgraded to bio-toilets.
The Indian Railways is also looking to introduce two more UDAY Express trains, one between Bandra (Mumbai) and Jamnagar (Gujarat), while the other between Vishakhapatnam, and Vijaywada, both in Andhra Pradesh. Passengers have to pay 400 INR for first-class and 300 INR for second-class tickets.