The Indian Railways is all set to launch the Uday Express with state-of-the-art amenities on three routes.
Uday, or 'Utkrisht Double Decker Air Conditioned Yatri Express,' has been specially designed for business class travel on India's three busiest routes: Coimbatore-Bengaluru, Bandra-Jamnagar and Vishakhapatnam-Vijayawada.
Facilities include automatic food-vending and tea/coffee-vending machines, LCD screens with bluetooth/wifi headphones and anti-graffiti vinyl wrapping.
All about the new Uday Express
The Uday Express was announced in the 2016-17 Railway Budget
The Uday Express was announced in the Railway Budget 2016-2017. The first trial run was conducted in August'17 at a speed of 80kmph.
In the second run in December on the Coimbatore-Bengaluru route, the speed was 100kmph. About 235km was covered.
This will be the 10th double-decker train in the Railways, and will be an improvement over the normal AC double-decker chair-car coaches.
Luxurious amenities for passengers on board
The new "luxury-trains" will have onboard wifi, LCD screens for displaying journey updates and Shatabdi-like seats.
In a first, the Uday Express will have food-vending machines placed in modified dining areas.
The exteriors and interiors will be wrapped in anti-graffiti vinyl coating. The outside will be brightly-colored in yellow, orange, pink etc, like the Tejas.
The modular toilets will eventually be replaced by bio-toilets.
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First Uday Express expected on the Coimbatore-Bengaluru route
Uday Express will have 40% additional seating capacity, officials said: 120 per normal coach, and 104 in the ones modified to include the special dining area.
The rake is being made by Southern Railways by revamping existing double-decker coaches from the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala.
Two coaches have already been made.
The first Uday Express is expected to run on the Coimbatore-Bengaluru route.
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