Tue, 17 Aug 2010 21:57:15 GMT

AC double-decker train likely by 2011

New Delhi: India’s first AC double-decker train is expected to go into service by the year end, with Railways successfully completing its trail runs recently. The train is likely to be introduced as an inter-city service on a high density route, having a separate fare structure, indicated a senior railway official.

AC double-decker train likely by 2011

The first AC coach was rolled out by Railway Coach Factory Kapurthala in March this year, after which it went for extensive trial runs. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee had inspected the coach here on March 31, designed for a maximum speed of upto 160 km per hour.

According to the official, they are in the process of obtaining the speed certificate of upto 105 km per hour. "Trail run for 130 km per hour is also on in the Agra-Mathura section and this would be completed within this month," the official said. The official, however, did not disclose the section where it will be introduced first.

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