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The superfast double-decker Mumbai-Ahmedabad train

Last updated on: September 21, 2012 08:59 IST

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Krishna Pophale in Mumbai

The Indian Railways on Wednesday flagged off its newest train – a double-decker between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

This is the third double-decker service launched by the Indian Railways after it was launched last year between Howrah and Dhanbad in Jharkhand.

Photographs: Sahil Salvi

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Last month, the Railways had started its services between Delhi and Jaipur.

The train was flagged off by Bharat Sinh Solanki, Mminister of State, Railways at Ahmedabad railway station on Wednesday morning.

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The service is expected to be a profitable venture for the cash-strapped railways on busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. It will carry 70 per cent more passengers than that of Shatabdi express.

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Like Shatabdi Express, this train is also fully air conditioned and will cover the Mumbai- Ahmedabad distance in 7 hours, only 15 minutes more than the Shatabdi express.

Tickets for one way journey is priced at Rs 471 in comparison with Rs 695 for Shatabdi Express.  

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Though the western railway already has few double decker coaches attached to the Flying Rani express which plies between Mumbai Central-Surat stations, they are non AC coaches.

This is for the first time railways is launching fully air conditioned service using double decker coaches on this route.

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The Railways is expected to launch the double decker services on few more busy routes including Chennai-Bangalore and Indore-Bhopal in next few months.


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