Rajdhani Express, which operates on the push-pull technology, have started its service from Mumbai to New Delhi from January 19. The Rajdhani Express is one of the Indian Railways’ most elite trains, linking the national capital with other major cities in the region. These trains are fully air-conditioned, super fast and stop only at influential stations.
Train number 22221/22222 Rajdhani Express had its inaugural run on January 19 and operates under the Central Railway zone. This bi-weekly train with One First AC, Three AC 2-Tier, 8 AC 3-Tier and one pantry car, departed from CSMT every Wednesday and Saturday at 14.50 hrs and reached Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.20 hrs next day, halting at Kalyan, Nasik Road, Jalgaon, Bhopal, Jhansi and Agra Cantt.
“The train got such a huge response that within less than a month of its launch, two additional AC-2Tier and AC-3Tier coaches were added. This train was no less than a blessing for people staying in the Central suburbs beyond Thane and Kalyan, since it provided them the option to travel in Rajdhani Express with boarding facility at Kalyan station,” said a statement by the Railway Ministry
Central Railway team came up with the most unique solution of running the train in Push-Pull mode ie, running the train with one engine at the front and one in the rear thereby eliminating the need to attach-detach bankers in the ghat section, saving precious time and thereby reducing journey time. CR’s Rajdhani Express became India’s first train to run on Push-Pull technology empowering the Government’s “Mission Raftar” thus achieving another milestone in Railway history. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central Railway had suspended the service of express and suburban trains to minimise the spread of Corona.
The Central Railway said at present, this train leaves CSMT at 4.00 PM daily and arrives Hazrat Nizamuddin at 9.55 AM next day. The Rajdhani Express, in the return journey, leaves Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station at 4.55 PM daily and arrives at CSMT station at 11.15 AM the next day.
Ticket bookings for the train can be made online on the IRCTC website and at all computerised reservation centres. Only those carrying confirmed tickets will be able to board this train. The faster speed with revised timings of the Rajdhani Express will enable passengers to reach their destination faster than before.