Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Another Shatabdi express train from Bangalore

Another Shatabdi express train from Bangalore
The Hindu

Southern Railways launches 10 new trains

CHENNAI: Southern Railways will operate one more Shatabdi Express between Chennai and Bangalore following good passenger response for the Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express. The new service will start from Bangalore in the morning and return in the evening.

The introduction of 10 new trains, increase in the frequency of four trains and speeding up of 32 services were also disclosed by the Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu, who released the new Southern Railway timetable here on Monday.

Some of the other new trains are the Ernakulam-Bangalore (weekly) Superfast Express, the Madagaon-Mangalore Shatabdi Express, the Yesvantpur-Mangalore Express (via Mysore) and the Yesvantpur-Mangalore Express (via Arsikere).

The date of introduction of these trains will be announced later, the Minister told presspersons.

The Minister said that Southern Railways would get 346 new coaches in this financial year as against 144 coaches last year. The new coaches will be utilised for the new trains and for replacing old coaches.

The train services that will be extended are Coimbatore-Thanjavur Jan Shatabdi Express and Mysore-Thanjavur to Kumbakonam, Chennai Egmore-Erode Express (via Tiruchi) to Coimbatore, and the Chennai Visakhapatnam Express to Bhubhaneshwar.

The Minister said the running time of 32 express trains have been reduced by 10 minutes to 100 minutes following the strengthening of tracks. This includes the Chennai-Alleppey Express, the Chennai-Mangalore Mail, the West Coast Express, the Howrah-Kanyakumari Express, the Kanyakumari-Nizamuddin Tirukkural Express, the Chennai-Erode Yercaud Express, Chennai -Thoothukudi Pearl City Express, Chennai - Madurai Pandiyan Express, Chennai - Tiruchi Rockfort Express, Chennai-Bangalore Mail, Chennai-Dadar Express, Chennai-Thiruvananthapuram Mail, the Chennai-Mysore Kaveri Express, and Tiruchi- Howrah Express.


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