5 Super Fast Trains In India
Bhopal Shatabdi Express
The Bhopal Jan Shatabdi Express is a second class type Shatabdi Express train service offered by West Central Railway. The train runs between Bhopal Habibganj, the suburban railway station in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and Jabalpur Junction railway station of Jabalpur, one of the major city of Madhya Pradesh.
The name “Bhopal Jan Shatabdi” refers to the second class service of the Shatabdi Express trains, hence the name “Jan Shatabdi Express” or the ‘Peoples Shatabdi of Bhopal’. The train is hauled by ET WDM3 diesel locomotive of the Itarsi Shed. The train now consist of 14 coaches which makes it the longest Jan Shatabdi Express train of India. The coach arrangement is as 3 Jan AC chair car, 5 Jan reserved chair car, 5 Jan Sadharan unreserved chair car, 1 pantry car.
Mumbai Rajdhani Express
The Mumbai Rajdhani Express is a super fast express train of Rajdhani class belonging to Indian Railways that runs between Mumbai and Delhi in India. It was introduced on 17 May 1972 between the then Bombay Central and New Delhi.
Since the time of its introduction, the train has become so popular that, as of May 2012 its reservation chart is prepared only 15 minutes before departure. It is a daily service. It operates as train number 12951 from Mumbai Central to New Delhi and as train number 12952 in the reverse direction. The Mumbai Rajdhani Express is the fastest train on the Mumbai – Delhi sector and the fastest Rajdhani train as well as the second fastest in India. Mumbai Rajdhani Express is the first Rajdhani to get Alstom-LHB Coaches in India.
The Mumbai Rajdhani generally has one AC 1st Class coach, five AC 2 tier class coaches, two pantry cars, two luggage cum generator coaches & up to eleven AC 3 tier coaches taking the total up to 21 coaches. Since its inception, the Mumbai Rajdhani ran with 16 coaches. However, the conventional rakes were replaced by Linke-Hofmann Busch coaches for this train in 2004 and the number of coaches was also increased to 19 including the pantry cars.The number of coaches again was increased to 21 by the Western Railways to accommodate more passengers in June 2012.
Sealdah Duronto Express
The Sealdah New Delhi Duronto Express is a Superfast express train of the Duronto Express category belonging to Indian Railways – Eastern Railway zone that runs between Sealdah and New Delhi in India. It operates as train number 12259 from Sealdah to New Delhi and as train number 12260 in the reverse direction serving the states of West Bengal & Delhi. It was the first Duronto Express to be launched as announced in the Railway budget of 2008 / 09.
The Sealdah New Delhi Duronto Express covers the distance of 1452 km in 16 hours 55 mins & in 16 hours 45 mins as New Delhi Sealdah Duronto Express. As the average speed of the train is above 55 km/h, as per Indian Railway rules, its fare includes a Superfast surcharge. The Sealdah New Delhi Duronto Express presently has 1 AC First Class, 3 AC 2 tier, 9 AC 3 tier, 2 End on Generator Car & 2 Pantry car coach. As is customary with most train services in India, Coach Composition may be amended at the discretion of Indian Railways depending on demand.
Kanpur Reverse Shatabdi
Kanpur New Delhi Shatabdi Express is the second Shatabdi Train for Kanpur Central. The load of passengers in Lucknow Shatabdi was heavy from Kanpur Central. Due to the excessive passenger load on Lucknow Shatabdi from Kanpur Central and huge demand for a separate Shatabdi train from Kanpur Central, the Railway Ministry declared the new Shatabdi train from Central Station in 2009 Railway Budget. This train was flagged off by Union Railways minister Mamata Banerjee on 7 Feb 2010. It runs on all days of a week except Sunday. In the starting days, it used to run non-stop between Kanpur and New Delhi.
Later, Ghaziabad was also introduced as another stop between the two stations. Now the Railways has introduced one more stop i.e. Etawah between Kanpur and New Delhi. It is called Kanpur Reverse Shatabdi because it follows the reverse timetable of Lucknow Shatabdi; i.e. UP follows DOWN time table and vice versa. It is the fourth fastest train in India. These fares are lesser as compared to the Lucknow Swarn Shatabdi Express for the same pair of stations. Morning/evening snacks, tea and coffee are served.
Howrah Rajdhani Express
Howrah Rajdhani is the first fully air-conditioned train, as well as the first Rajdhani train. Arguably the highest ranked train of the Indian Railways based on priority, it is affectionately known among rail-fans as “The King”. It is the most senior of all the Rajdhanis . At any given time the Howrah Rajdhani always gets the highest priority, on any line, over any train.It is also the first train in India which provide free wi-fi access.
The Howrah Rajdhani Express left New Delhi station for Howrah station, on 3 March 1969, to cover a distance of 1,445 km in 17 hours 20 mins. At that time, it only had an AC Chair Car seating. Also, it reduced the travel time from Delhi to West Bengal from 24 hours to 17 hours. The train is the 5th fastest in India. It is regularly hauled by a WAP 7 locomotive of Howrah and Ghaziabad . Sometimes as an off link it is hauled by WAP 4 locomotive of Howrah.