Rajya Rani Express

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Rajya Rani Express
11003 Rajyarani Express.jpg
Overview
Main Operation(s): State capital to Important Cities in the state
Other Operation(s): Launched in 2011
Fleet size: 10
Parent company: Indian Railways

Rajya Rani trains are a series of express trains operated by Indian Railways to connect state capitals with other cities important for tourism, pilgrimage or business.

History[edit]

The word "Rajya" means "kingdom"[1] and the word "Rani" means Queen[2] in Sanskrit and several Indian languages. The Rajya Rani trains were announced by the railway minister in railway budget 2011.[3][4] The first service was flagged off on 1 July 2011 between Mysore and Bangalore.[5]

Etmology[edit]

The train was named after Maharani Gayatri Devi, former princess of the state of Cooch Behar, Maharani of Jaipur.[6] She was one of the world's 10 most beautiful women on the Vogue list. She shares space with the likes of Rabindranath Tagore (Kavi Guru Express) and Swami Vivekananda (Vivek Express) as the railways has named a series of trains as Rajya Rani Expresses to honour the late Rajmata of Jaipur.

Routes[edit]

S.No. Train No Type Sector Via. State Distance (km) Zone Frequency Date of Introduction
1 16557 - 16558 Express Mysore – Bangalore Mandya, Ramanagaram Karnataka 139 SWR Daily[7] 01-Jul-2011
2 11003 / 11004 Express Dadar Sawantwadi Road Rajya Rani Express Panvel, Ratnagiri Maharashtra 497 CR Daily[8] 01-Jul-2011
3 22861 - 22862 Superfast ShalimarBankura Kharagpur, Midnapore West Bengal 229 SER Tri-Weekly 01-Oct-2011
4 22161 / 22162 Superfast Bhopal–Damoh Vidisha, Bina Madhya Pradesh 291 WCR Daily 12-Nov-2011
5 16349 - 16350 Express TrivandrumNilambur Road Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Shoranur Junction Kerala 393 SR Daily 16-Nov-2011
6 18417 - 18418 Express RourkelaBhubaneswar Cuttack, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda Orissa 341 ECoR Tri-Weekly 16-Nov-2011
7 15817 - 15818 Express DhubriSilghat Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Jogighopa Assam 460 NFR Tri-Weekly 14-Feb-2012
8 22453 - 22454 Superfast Meerut City Lucknow Rajya Rani Express Bareilly, Moradabad, Hapur Uttar Pradesh 459 NR Daily 11-Mar-2012
9 22101 - 22102 Superfast Manmad Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Rajya Rani Express Kalyan, Nasik Road Maharashtra 242 CR Daily 12-Mar-2012
10 12567 - 12568 Superfast Saharsa Patna Rajya Rani Express Khagaria, Begusarai, Bakhtiyarpur Bihar 214 ECR Daily 18-Mar-2012

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tamilcube.com: rajya, Tamil Cube, September 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Tamilcube.com: rani, Tamil Cube, March 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Headlines Today Bureau: 10 new Rajya Rani Express trains announced., Headlines Today Bureau, February 25, 2011.
  4. ^ Equity Bulls: Rajya Rani Express to Connect State Capitals With Important Cities of Those States., Equity Bulls, February 25, 2011.
  5. ^ Day in Pics, TOI: Rajya Rani Express inaugurated., [Times of India, Jul 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Jayanta Gupta, TNN: Trains in honour of Gayatri Devi., Times of India,Jul 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Indiarailinfo: Mysore Bangalore Rajya Rani Express/16557., Indiarailinfo, August 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Indiarailinfo: Dadar Sawantwadi Rajya Rani Express/11003., Indiarailinfo, August 28, 2011.