While the South Western Railway (SWR) operated eight special trains, each comprising an average 20 coaches, to Guwahati since Wednesday, it earned an average of Rs. 6 lakh from each train.

On the other hand, the expenditure involved in running these trains (one way), was at least five times more, sources in the SWR said.

“For that matter, every passenger train, including express and superfast trains, is operated under loss. But the Railways has been discharging its social responsibility,” an official said.

The eight special trains were in addition to three runs of the regular Bangalore-Guwahati Express.