Country’s fastest train Gatimaan Express reaches Agra in 100 minutes

Heralding a new chapter in the history of the Indian Railways, the country’s first semi-high speed train ‘Gatimaan Express’ running at a maximum speed of 160 kmph on Tuesday completed Delhi-Agra journey of 188 km in a record 100 minutes.
Country’s fastest train Gatimaan Express reaches Agra in 100 minutes
A Gatimaan Express hostess serves passengers on the inaugural journey

Agra

The train, flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Nizamuddin Railway station in New Delhi, arrived here at 11.50 am.
Train hostesses welcomed passengers with roses on board the Gatimaan Express, which will have a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, as music floated in the air at Nizamuddin station from where the train embarked on its maiden journey. 
“It is a happy occasion for us as the first semi-high speed train Gatimaan starts today. We want to increase speed of all trains whether ordinary or express as part of our ‘raftar’ mission. It is not an easy task. It will take time but we have made a plan,” Prabhu said. 
Painted in royal blue and grey colour combination with a yellow strip in between, the train has another first – train hostesses to welcome passengers and Indian and continental food. 
Equipped with a 5,500 HP electric locomotive, two Executive AC Chair Cars and eight AC Chair Car coaches, the train has a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches. 
The passenger amenities have been enhanced by providing better catering service, improved coach interiors with wide windows, bio-toilets besides free multimedia services enabling passengers to view movies, news and cartoons during their journey to Agra. Photographs of tourist spots in around Agra adorn the coaches. 
Hotspot devices have been installed at coaches to enable passengers to access multimedia services free of cost directly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops. 
The coaches have also been fitted with balanced draft gear couplers for reducing jerks and ensuring a smooth ride. 
However, all these improved facilities have resulted in the increased fare in Gatimaan as against the existing Shatabdi fare for the same distance.

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