Duronto Express

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Duronto Express
12290 Nagpur Duronto Express at Mumbai CST station.jpg
Overview
Main Operation(s): India 2009 -
Fleet size: 26
Parent company: Indian Railways
Web site: www.indianrail.gov.in

Duronto Express is a category of long-distance non stop trains run by the Indian Railways. These trains do not have any ticketing stops between the origin and the destination ."Duronto" means "restless" in Bengali language. These trains' coaches have characteristic yellow-green livery. Duronto Express services connect the several metros and major state capitals of India. These trains are faster than or as fast as Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.

History[edit]

The Government of India's Ministry of Railways (India) has been trying to introduce high-speed rail in India. In 2007, the ministry chose the 500-kilometre stretch between Delhi and Amritsar for a pre-feasibility study.[1] On 19 January 2009, Railway Minister said that the ministry was in the process of appointing global consultants for introducing the high-speed trains on certain routes. Besides the Delhi-Amritsar route, Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-Dornakal-Vijaywada-Chennai, Chennai-Bangalore-Coimbatore-Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram and Howrah-Haldia.[2] But, this High Speed rail service for India is expected to be completed on a long run.

Meanwhile, non-stop Duronto Express trains were introduced in 2009–10 as a first step towards high-speed rail travel in India.[3] The first Duronto ran between Sealdah and New Delhi.

Efficiency and speed[edit]

The Duronto Expresses are one of the fastest trains in India. These trains run faster than Rajdhani Express[4] trains which hold the record of the fastest long-distance trains in India. This has been made possible as these trains, unlike the Rajdhani Express, do not have any intermediate stops and run in much the same speed clocked by Rajdhani. For example, the New Delhi - Sealdah Duronto Express takes 16 hours to cover the journey against 17 hours taken by Rajdhani Express. The trains will adhere to the speed limit of 110 km/h {non-stop}.[5] The Chennai, Ernakulam and Pune Duronto run at a speed of 130 km/h.[6] In March 2011, the cost of travel in the Duronto Express went up as the Minister of Railways announced a hike in railway fare. The decision to hike railway fares resulted in trouble across the Government and were rolled back,[7] only to be raised again on 1 April.[8] A feature exclusive to the Duronto is the LHB Sleeper coach. The sleeper class is the most common coach, and usually ten or more coaches could be attached. These are regular sleeping coaches with three berths vertically stacked. In broad gauge, it carries 72 passengers per coach in regular ICF coaches and 78 berths in the new LHB coaches that the Duronto trains have.

List of Current Duronto Express trains[edit]

Yeswanthapur-Howrah Duronto Express leaving Yeswanthapur Railway Station
Allahabad Duronto at Allahabad.

Following is a current list of Duronto trains.

No Train number Services
1 12213/12214 Yeshvantapur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Duronto Express
2 12219/12220 Secunderabad Mumbai Duronto Express
3 12221/12222 Pune Howrah Duronto Express
4 12223/12224 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Ernakulam Duronto Express
5 12227/12228 Indore Duronto Express
6 12239/12240 Jaipur Duronto Express
7 12245/12246 Howrah Yeshvantapur Duronto Express
8 12259/12260 Sealdah – New Delhi Duronto Express
9 12261/12262 Howrah Mumbai CST Duronto Express
10 12263/12264 Hazrat Nizamuddin Pune Duronto Express
11 12265/12266 Delhi Sarai Rohilla Jammu Tawi Duronto Express
12 12267/12268 Ahmedabad Duronto Express
13 12269/12270 Chennai Duronto Express
14 12273/12274 Howrah New Delhi Duronto Express
15 12275/12276 Allahabad New Delhi Duronto Express
16 12281/12282 Bhubaneswar Duronto Express
17 12283/12284 Ernakulam Duronto Express
18 12285/12286 Secunderabad Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express
19 12289/12290 Nagpur Duronto express
20 12293/12294 Allahabad Duronto Express
21 12297/12298 Pune Ahmedabad Duronto Express
22 12847/12848 Howrah Digha Duronto Express
23 22201/22202 Sealdah Puri Duronto Express
24 22203/22204 Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad Duronto Express
25 22205/22206 Chennai Madurai AC Duronto Express
26 22213/22214 Kolkata Shalimar – Patna Duronto Express

List of previously run Duronto's[edit]

No Previous Service Now running as
1 Ajmer Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express Ajmer Hazrat Nizamuddin Jan Shatabdi Express
2 Chennai Coimbatore AC Duronto Express Chennai Coimbatore Shatabdi Express
3 Amrtisar Chandigarh Duronto Express Amritsar Chandigarh Superfast Express
4 Lucknow New Delhi AC Duronto Express Lucknow Rajdhani Express
5 Chennai Trivandrum Duronto Express Chennai-Trivandrum Super AC Express
6 Puri Howrah AC Duronto Express Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • In January 2010, The passengers of the Duronto Express between Nagpur and Mumbai complained about passengers without confirm tickets travelling inside the reserved coaches.[9]
  • On 17 May 2010, At least 19 passengers on board the Ernakulam Duronto Express were admitted to the Government General Hospital after complaining of food poisoning.[10]
  • On 26 June 2010, The Howrah Mumbai CST Duronto express faced interruption as its engine and generator car were detached from the rest of the train's coaches due to technical problems. The problem was fixed within less than an hour.[11]
  • On 29 June 2013, The 12264 Pune Duronto derailed near Monkey Hill due to a landslide. No injuries were reported & the train reached 5 hrs late at Pune Junction [1].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bullet Trains Expected in India". Rediff. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "India plans High Speed rail Service for Railways". Rediff. January 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Non-stop point-to-point long-distance trains introduced in the Budget". Rediff. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Duronto Trains Will Be Faster Than Rajdhani". India TV. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kolkata-New Delhi Duronto Express!". My News.in. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Duronto blazing new tracks". The Hindu. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Didi's Duronto hits Rajdhani; Trivedi hikes fares". DNA India. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Revised train fares from April 1". The Deccan Chornicle. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Waitlisted causing trouble in Duronto". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Harrowing experience for Duronto Express passengers". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Duronto Express coaches come loose". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 

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