IR likely to commission Tejas Train sets by Feb-2017

Tejas Train to give impetus to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’, focuses on better passenger amenities!

tejas-train-interiorsKapurthala: The first coach of the Railway’s premium offering – the premium Tejas brand of trains – has been built at the Rail Coach Factory at Kapurthala and is expected to be put on trial soon. According to RCF officials, the coach will be sent to the Indian Railways to decide on which section the 130 kmph coach will be tested. According to the current schedule, officials said the train is likely to be commissioned by the Railways in February next year. The Railways plan to make three such rakes, said officials.

One of the biggest challenges, officials said, would be fitting television screens on the back of the seats, a unique initiative that has not been done on Indian trains previously. However, it is yet to be ascertained how these enhanced features will perform at top speeds. Officials, however, said the first coach built do not have TV screens fitted into the seats yet. The blue and yellow seats have an ergonomic design and provide a high level of comfort as compared to the seats fitted in the higher class coaches of trains currently.

The Tejas train is positioned for the business traveller who is willing to pay more for superior travelling comforts, said railway officials. The nine sectors identified by the Railways that will attract passengers for Tejas include Delhi-Agra, Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Kanpur, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai, Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Chennai-Hyderabad and Nagpur-Secunderabad. Officials said no specific route has been chosen for the Tejas rake.

Tejas will operate at speeds of 130 kmph and above and offer onboard services such as entertainment, local cuisine, WiFi. Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including entertainment screens for each passenger along with phone socket and LED boards for communicating safety instructions. There will be water level indicators in bio-vacuum toilets, sensorised taps and hand driers; will have CCTVs, and fire and smoke detection and suppression system.

Tejas, Hamsafar Express services in railway’s new timetable

Tejas, Hamsafar, Antodaya and Udaya Express trains are among 30 new services which are part of the new railway timetable.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today launched the new timetable “Train at a Glance”, which will become effective from October 1.
“All these new services of express trains — Tejas, Hamsafar, Antodaya and Udaya — were promised in the Rail Budget. So we are fulfilling our budget promises by incorporating all these services in the new timetable,” Prabhu said, releasing the timetable.
Destinations and schedules of 10 Hamsafar Express, seven Antodaya Express, three each of Uday Express and Tejas Express trains have found place in the new timetable.
The release of new railway timetable was delayed for a month as the routes and destinations of new proposed services announced in the Rail Budget could not be finalised due to various reasons.
“Launching date of the new services will be announced later,” he said.
Fares of Tejas and Hamsafar Express trains will be higher than the existing fare structure.
Besides the new services, travel time of 350 existing trains have been reduced, 75 of which have made it to the superfast category. 240 operational halts have been converted into commercial stoppages and the train connectivity to the northeastern states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram have found mention in the timetable.
According to the new timetable, Faizabad-Lucknow passenger train has been merged with Saharanpur-Lucknow and would run as a single service between Faizabad and Saharanpur.
Also, New Delhi-Bhatinda Shatabdi Express would be extended till Firozpur. According to the schedule, while Anand Vihar-Gorakhpur Hamsafar Express will be tri-weekly, rest of nine Hamsafar will be weekly service.
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