The Gatimaan Express – India’s Brand New and Fastest Train Service
India is home to the third largest railway network in the world. However, delays, cancellations and late trains are all too common and overcrowding has become a serious issue.
In a bid to stimulate the economy and make travel more appealable to foreigners and locals alike, the government has promised to renovate and improve on the current situation, creating cleaner, safer and more reliable service.
Recently, the people of India were able to experience one of the first railway improvements, a high-speed train able to travel up to speeds of 160km/hr, 30km/hr faster than the Rajdhani Express, whose top speed was only 130km/hr.
The Gatimaan Express travels between Nizamuddin station in the capital city, Delhi, and the northern town of Agra and is able to travel across the 200km distance in less them 100 minutes.
It has been designed with speed and comfort in mind, providing passengers with comfortable, modern chairs and the option to upgrade your cabin if you like to travel in style. A standard seat will set you back $11, while the executive service will cost you a low $22.
Compared to many other Indian trains, the Gatimaan Express provides a full luxurious experience, as well as comfortable seating. The train offers an onboard catering service with the option for alternative cuisines and WiFi which allows users to watch movies on their smart devices.
While this is a great step towards the overall improvement and modernization of India’s railway line, it has not even come close to making a dint in the whole network. On average, most trains travel at speeds under 60km/hr and are badly maintained.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed the government was looking into introducing bullet trains between popular tourist destinations which could reach speeds of 400km/hr. He believes it could be a big drawing card for tourists visiting the area.
(Three of the four images are not the brand new Gatimaan Express, can you spot them…)
Photo credits: Mariano Blanco/Alexander Mazurkevich