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First double-decker train chugs off to Guntur

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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Excitement grips passengers and those who came to see them off

Inside view of the air-conditioned double-decker bi-weekly superfast train that was launched by the SCR from Kacheguda to Guntur on Tuesday.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Inside view of the air-conditioned double-decker bi-weekly superfast train that was launched by the SCR from Kacheguda to Guntur on Tuesday.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Practically every one of the 350-odd passengers was getting himself/herself photographed with his/her near and dear ones, with the colourful train serving as the backdrop, as the electric locomotive blew its horn before beginning its journey, early on Tuesday morning.

As South Central Railway’s first air-conditioned, chair-car, double-decker superfast express to Guntur left Kacheguda, there were cheers all around. For most of those on platform no. 4, those who boarded the train and those who came to see them off, the sight of a double-decker train was a first time experience and hence the high-level excitement.

Schedule

The Kacheguda-Guntur train no. 22118 will leave on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5.30 a.m. and reach at 10.40 a.m. with halts at Malkajgiri, Nalgonda, Miryalaguda and Piduguralla. On the return, no. 22117 will leave Guntur at 12.45 p.m. and reach Kacheguda at 5.55 p.m. The 10-rake train can carry 120 passengers in each, totalling to a whopping 1,200 passengers, the equivalent of 55 to 60 trains. Starting from Wednesday, the same rake will leave for Tirupati at 6.45 a.m. and return by Thursday night, in time for its run to Guntur on Friday, said Chief Public Relations Officer K. Sambasiva Rao. “Depending upon the patronage, we will work out how to expand our service,” he said.


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