Deccan Queen

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Deccan Queen
12123 Deccan Queen trainboard.jpg
Overview
Service type Superfast Express Train
Locale Maharashtra
First service 1 June 1930; 86 years ago (1930-06-01)
Current operator(s) Central Railway
Route
Start Mumbai CST
Stops

3 (Mumbai CST - Pune Junction)

2 (Pune Junction - Mumbai CST)
End Pune
Distance travelled 192.2 km (119.4 mi)
Average journey time 3 hours, 10 minutes
Service frequency Daily
Train number(s) 12123 / 12124
On-board services
Class(es) AC Chair Car, Chair Car, General
Seating arrangements Yes
Sleeping arrangements No
Catering facilities Yes, paid service
Other facilities Dining Car ( Restaurant On Wheels)
Technical
Rolling stock Kalyan WCAM-2P/3 locomotive
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Operating speed 60 km/h (37 mph) average with halts
Route map
Mumbai CST
Dadar (Towards Mumbai CST)
Parsik tunnel
Karjat (Towards Pune Junction)
Bhor Ghat Begins
Monkey Hill(Technical Halt towards Mumbai CST)
Bhor Ghat Ends
Khandala(Technical Halt towards Mumbai CST)
Lonavla
Shivajinagar (Towards Pune Junction)
Pune

The Deccan Queen or Deccan Queen Express, is an Indian passenger train that connects the two largest cities of the Indian state of Maharashtra, i.e Mumbai and Pune. The service was named as Deccan Queen after the nickname of the Pune city for been the beautiful city in the Deccan plateau region.

Deccan Queen at Mumbai CST
The Deccan Queen during its 80th anniversary celebrations on 1 June 2009

History[edit]

Deccan Queen was started on 1 June 1930[1] as a weekend train for the British people in India during the days of British India, to ferry race-fans from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Poona (now Pune). The first service of the train was conducted from Calyan (now Kalyan) and Pune. It was converted to a daily service soon after, starting from Bombay Victoria Terminus (renamed Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus CSMTM). It is one of the longest running trains on the Indian Railways to have never run on steam power. From the beginning, the Deccan Queen has been run using electric locomotives. Occasionally, it was given diesel locomotives in case of original locomotive failure.

The color of its rake has seen a lot of changes, from red colour to yellow to white and then to blue.[1]

The Deccan Queen has several firsts or 'among the firsts' to her credit: she was India's first superfast train, she was the first long distance electric hauled passenger train, she was one of India's first vestibuled trains. The Deccan Queen was the first to have a Ladies Only car, and amongst the first to feature a diner. The train has an exciting and chequered history. The Deccan Queen got a brand new rake in 1966, consisting of Indian Railways standard integral anti telescopic cars. For the first time since the history of the train, third class (now second class) passengers were allowed to travel by this train. It had only reserved first class since inception until 1966.

Deccan Queen is the second train in India having ISO 9000 certification and a dining car after the India's first ISO Certified train Shaan - E - Bhopal Express running between Bhopal Habibganj (Bhopal) - Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi).[1] It has sixteen coaches including the engine.

The Deccan Queen is also one of the most favourite trains among railfans. Every year on 1 June, its regular pass-holders, railfans and railway authorities celebrate the train's birthday. Deccan Queen entered its 87th year of service on 1 June 2016.

Schedule[edit]

The Pune Mumbai Deccan Queen Express Express is the 2nd of 6 dedicated trains to leave Pune Junction for Mumbai CST & is the last train to return.

12124 Pune Mumbai Deccan Queen Express leaves Pune Junction every day at 07:15 hrs IST and reaches Mumbai CST at 10:25 hrs IST.

On return, the 12125 Mumbai Pune Deccan Queen Express leaves Mumbai CST every day at 17:10 hrs IST and reaches Pune Junction at 20:25 hrs IST.

Deccan Queen is Central Railway's flagship train but is often late by 30 minutes when arriving in Mumbai due to suburban network local trains.[2] Deccan Queen, when it started in 1930 was one of the fastest trains in Asia. It used to cover the 192 km Mumbai-Pune distance in 2 hours 45 minutes but now takes 3 hours 15 minutes.[3]

Rakes[edit]

Loco 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
BSicon TRAIN2.svg HP/SLR

(Second MST)


(Second MST)

GEN GEN D5 D4 D3 Dining cum Pantry Car C4 C3

(AC MST)


(AC MST)

D2 D1

(LADIES)

GEN SLR/HP

During the journey from Mumbai, the train's first halt is at Karjat to attach banker locomotives at the rear to enable the train to climb the mountainous route. The train then halts at Lonavala after climbing to the top, and then halts at Shivajinagar station near Pune before finally terminating at the main Pune railway station.

Traction[edit]

WCM 1 type engine initially was used to pull Deccan Queen

When it was introduced in 1929, the Deccan Queen was hauled by WCP 1/2 DC passenger locomotives. From 1954 till the 1990s, it was hauled by a WCM 1/2/4/5 DC mixed locomotive. From the 1990s till present, it is currently hauled end to end by a WCAM 3 or WCAM 2/2P DC/AC locomotive of the Kalyan (KYN) shed. In the near future, the Deccan Queen will also be hauled by pure AC locomotives like WAP-4, WAP-5 or WAP-7 when the Kalyan Electric Loco Shed receives them.

At Karjat, it gets two or three WAG-5, WAG-7, WCAM-2 or WCAM 3 bankers of Kalyan shed to push the train on the ghat section between Karjat railway station and Lonavala railway station, where the gradient is of 1 in 40.

Incidents[edit]

The train derailed in 1990 at Khandala Ghat, but there were no casualties.

The train service was disturbed between late July to early August 2005 due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai (26 July 2005).[citation needed]

On 30 November 2006, a mob of around 6000 protestors set fire to some coaches of the train near Ulhasnagar after forcing the passengers to get down.[4] The arsonists were protesting against the vandalism of a statue of B. R. Ambedkar in far away Kanpur though the incident had nothing to do with the Deccan Queen.

Sister trains[edit]

Below are few other trains which originates and halts between the two cities:

References[edit]

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