The long wait comes to halt, India’s first semi-high speed train Gatimaan Express running at a maximum speed of 160 KMPH has come on track from today morning.
The train flagged of by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways from H. Nizammuddin Railway Station to Agra Cantt.
The launch of this train heralds a new era of high speed rail travel in India. Railway Minister has been emphasizing about increasing the speed of both passenger and goods train in his budget speeches.
Not only this, the railway welcomes an exciting range of global cuisines for its passengers. Trying to match the standards of air line, the hostesses at Gatimaan would be serving both continental as well as Indian fare.
The train would be serving chicken sausages with Spanish omelette, date walnut cake, upma, kanjeevaram idli, and fresh cut seasonal fruits.
The train would also have in its menu quick bites like Aloo kulcha, dosa, chicken roll, swiss roll served in bone china plates.
The on board catering on this train is being organized by railway PSU namely Indian Railways catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
IRCTC has made arrangement for deploying train hostesses also on board the train. This train will see improved catering and will have options of different kinds of cuisines. Another unique feature of this train is free of cost on board entertainment facility provided by an agency MyFreeTv.in . Under this facility, passengers can view various entertaining videos during travel on their smart phone, tablets or laptops even without internet connection through WiFi.
Meanwhile, beautiful sceneries have been pasted inside the coaches for better aesthetics. The exteriors of these coaches have also been given a new look by different colour scheme. The flooring of the coaches has been given marathon Shine treatment for cleaning and also given flooring a bright and shiny look. The train will be hauled by an electrical engine WAP 5 with horse power of 5500 HP.