For about 500 rail passengers who travelled from Kacheguda to Guntur on Tuesday morning turned out to be memorable and joyous occasion when they travelled in the first ever double decker train which was flagged off from Kacheguda on Tuesday.
South Central Railway added another milestone in its eventful journey, when the first-ever double decker train on its network began its run at 5:30 am from Kacheguda to Guntur on its maiden trip. The AC coach train, powered by two generator cars, was a feast to the eye with its bright yellow and red colour.
The colour scheme and interiors are a departure from the convention to give aesthetic appeal and added comfort.
The train chugged off from Kacheguda, with the senior most employee of the station, M.Abdul Rahman, working in the electrical department waving the green flag for the loco pilot to start.
The passengers were busy taking their ‘selfies’ on the smart phones to cherish this journey. For the children, it was an interesting interlude as they ran through the passage of the coaches, shuffling between various decks.
‘’We are thrilled to travel in the double decker train and will cherish this proud moment for long and even clicked our photographs in the train,’’ Lakshmi of Guntur, who came to city to attend a function, said.
“Several years ago we used to travel in double decker buses on city roads and now travelling in double decker train is exciting. Railways should extend more and more such double decker trains on other important routes where the demand is heavy,’’ Venkat from Hyderabad said.
For two loco pilots of Guntur division, SK Karimulla and Y Ramakrishna (assistant loco pilot) who steered the train, it was a proud moment of their career as they received accolades from all the passengers and the onlookers.
Kacheguda-Guntur AC bi-weekly double decker superfast express will depart from Kacheguda at 05:30 am every Tuesday and Friday and arrive in Guntur at 10:40 am.
In the return direction, it will depart from Guntur at 12:45 pm every Tuesday and Friday and arrive in Kacheguda at 05:55 pm.
Sec’bad-Kakinada Spl Train on May 16
Hyderabad: The South Central Railway will run two special trains between Secunderabad and Kakinada Town to clear extra rush of passengers. Secunderabad-Kakinada Town special train will depart from Secunderabad at 09:45 pm on May 16 (Friday) and arrive in Kakinada Town at 09:35 am the next day. In the opposite direction, the special train will depart from Kakinada Town at 10 pm on May 15 (Thursday) and arrive in Secunderabad at 10:55 am the next day. Enroute, these trains will stop at Nalgonda, Miryalguda, Nadikudi, Guntur, Vijayawada, Gudivada, Kaikalur, Akividu, Bhimavaram Town, Tanuku, Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Samalkot stations in both the directions. Advance Reservations will open at 8 am on Wednesday.
Sec’bad-Hubli Spl Trains to Run till June 29
Hyderabad: To clear extra rush of passengers during summer season, tri-weekly special train currently running between Secunderabad and Hubli has been extended to run till June 29. Secunderabad-Hubli tri-weekly special train will depart from Secunderabad at 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from May 18 to June 29 and arrive in Hubli at 07:50 a.m. the next day. In the return direction, it will depart from Hubli at 08:50 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 17 to June 28 and arrive in Secunderabad at 11:45 am the next day. Enroute, these trains will stop at Begumpet, Lingampally, Vikarabad, Tandur, Sedam, Chittapur, Wadi, Shahabad, Gulburga, Ganagapur, Hotgi, Indi Rd, Bijapur, Bagevadi Rd, Almatti, Bagalkot, Badami, Hole Alur, Gadag and Annigeri stations in both the directions.
Kacheguda, Tirupati train to be Flagged Off Today
This brand new double decker train will chug its way out to another popular destination, Tirupati, from Kacheguda on Wednesday. Kacheguda-Tirupati bi-weekly double decker superfast express will depart from Kacheguda at 06:45 am every Wednesday and Saturday and arrive in Tirupati at 06:15 pm In the return direction, it will depart from Tirupati at 05:45 am every Thursday and Sunday and arrive in Kacheguda at 05:15 pm