New Delhi (TAN): The Indian Railways has introduced another Rajdhani Express between Mumbai and Delhi, which was flagged off by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on January 19 this year.
The third Rajdhani Express on this route, the train will connect Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai twice every week.
Starting its journey from Mumbai, the train will stop at Kalyan, Nasik, Jalgaon, Khandwa, Bhopal, Jhansi, and Agra Cantonment stations before arriving at Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi.
Tokyo (TAN): Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has announced that it will carry out test runs of the new N700S Shinkansen at speeds of up to 360kmph this year, ahead of its scheduled commercial running in fiscal 2020.
Presently, the fastest Shinkanshen – Nozomi using N700 equipment – reaches speeds of 300kmph. The new train, all set to debut on the Tokaido Shinkansen line, will transport passengers faster.
Shin Kaneko, president, JR Central, said, “We aim to carry out test runs at 360 kph this year so that we can demonstrate safety when we export the train to such markets as the United States and Taiwan.”
Washington DC (TAN): Amtrak will introduce snacks and beverage, along with a better view to passengers onboard the Winter Park Express, cruising between Denver and Winter Park in Colorado, from January 4 through March 31, 2019.
Amtrak will use its two-level Superliner Sightseer Lounge Car with windows running from the floor to the ceiling to ensure travellers get a stunning view of the Rockies.
Passengers can take the train on Saturdays and Sundays through March 31, and round trips on the first two Fridays of each month during the period, starting January 4. The number of round trips has been raised to 33.
July 2 (TravelAndy): A new railway line between Kunming and Dali in China has reduced travel time from more than five hours to less than two hours, Xinhua reported.
Kunming is the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province and the touristy Dali is popular for its beautiful scenery, historical heritage and vibrant nightlife.
The first bullet train of the 328km line operated between the two cities on July 1. Trains on the route run at 200kmph, the China Railway Kunming Group said, according to Xinhua. Continue reading China: New railway line cuts travel time by 3 hours
March 21 (TravelAndy): The proposal for an Istanbul to Dhaka railway route was discussed at a two-day meeting attended by the representatives of more than 11 countries in New Delhi last week.
The meeting on “Strengthening Railway Transport Connectivity in South and South West Asia” was organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in co-ordination with Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD) and the Indian railway ministry.
Discussions were held to strengthen the rail transport and provide connectivity to the countries in South Asia and South East Asia. Among the countries that took part in the meeting are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and India. Continue reading Istanbul-Dhaka railway route on the table
March 21 (TravelAndy): The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. recently published a food chart with official rates to make passengers aware.
Passengers on Indian Railways often complain how unscrupulous employees charge them more than the official rate for food on trains.
The corporation published the rates on Twitter through its handle @IRCTC_Ltd, which has around 49,100 followers. Continue reading IRCTC publishes train food rates for awareness
May 11 (TravelAndy): A panel set up by Indian Railways will take up the issue of how to make train travel across the country easier for people with disabilities, said reports.
The chairman of the the committee, industrialist Ratan Tata, reportedly assured National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People that he would take it up at the first meeting of Kaya Kalp, which is the name of the panel.
Kaya Kalp has been created to help better the services of India’s state-owned railways. It’s first meeting will be held on Tuesday in New Delhi.
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