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India’s first Double-decker Shatabdi

India’s first Double decker Shatabdi

The Indian Railways are bringing in another innovation. They have announced that soon India’s first air-conditioned double-decker Shatabdi train will run from Mumbai to Goa. The ministry chose this route keeping in mind the demand from tourists for this route during winter.

The first double-decker train in India was launched in October 2011. This train operates between Howrah in West Bengal and Dhanbad in Jharkhand. Double decker trains have been launched in other routes too. However, this is the first time that a Shatabdi train will be getting the double-decker coaches.

In the honor of the launching of the double decker Shatabdi express, let us take a look at some of the facts about the express.

  • The first Shatabdi Express flagged off in 1988 by Congress leader Madhav Rao. It was to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • Every Shatabdi train is a day train. At the end of the day, they all come back to the original station.
  • Shatabdi express is the fastest train in India that runs between New Delhi and Habibgaj in Bhopal. The speed of the train is 150 kilometre per hour.

Double-decker trains cover seven different routes. They are the following:


In September 2012, the first superfast AC double-decker train ran between the route of Ahmedabad Junction and Mumbai Central. The route is 493 kilometers. The train covers this route in 7 hours.


On October 2011, the first ever double-decker train flagged off from Howrah to Dhanbad. This launching made India the third country to have double-decker trains after USA and England. The train covers 259 kilometres in around 5 hours.


The train travels through this route and it has 12 coaches. It has two engine coaches and the remaining 10 are double-decker chair cars. The train covers a route of 358 kilometers in around 6 hours.

The other routes covered by double-decker trains are. Delhi-Jaipur, Flying Ranee, Kacheguda-Tirupati, and Guntur-Kacheguda.

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