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Rajdhani Express with LHB Coaches
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The Rajdhani Express is a series of express passenger train services in India operated by Indian Railways connecting the national capital New Delhi with the capital and/or largest cities of various states. Rajdhani means "The Capital" in many Indian languages. The Rajdhanis are among the fastest trains in India along with Tejas Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express and get the highest priority on the Indian railway network.
The first Rajdhani Express was introduced in 1969, for providing fast connections (up to 180 km/h or 110 mph, speed variation depending upon the particular track section) from New Delhi to the capital cities of various states in India. The first Rajdhani Express left New Delhi station for Howrah station to cover a distance of 1,445 km in 17 hours 20 mins.
Rajdhani express gets the highest priority on the Indian railway network. They are fully air-conditioned. Passengers are served meals (food price included in the train fare) during the journey. Depending on the duration and timings of the journey, these could include morning tea, breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. All Rajdhani Express trains offer three classes of accommodation: AC First Class (FC) with 2-berth and 4-berth coupès (with locking facility for privacy), AC 2-tier (2T) with open bays (4 berths/bay + 2 berths on the other side of the aisle of each bay), provided with curtains for privacy, and AC 3-tier (3T) with open bays (6 berths/bay + 2 berths on the other side of the aisle of each bay) without curtains. Currently there are 24 pairs of trains, connecting New Delhi to important cities across the country. These trains have fewer stops than other express trains and halt only at prominent stations. Recently Dynamic pricing has been introduced on all Rajdhani express trains.
|State(s)||Train Name||Train Number(s)||Distance||Average Speed|
|Assam||Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express||12423/12424||2434 km||75 km/h|
|Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (via Hajipur)||20505/20506||2458 km||68 km/h|
|Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express (via Muzzafarpur)||20503/20504||2452 km||68 km/h|
|Bihar||Patna Rajdhani Express||12309/12310||999 km||80 km/h|
|Chhattisgarh||Bilaspur Rajdhani||12441/12442||1501 km||74 km/h|
|Goa||Madgaon Rajdhani||22413/22414||2094 km||71 km/h|
|Gujarat||Swarna Jayanti Rajdhani||12957/12958||934 km||68 km/h|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu Rajdhani||12425/12426||582 km||64 km/h|
|Jharkhand||Ranchi Rajdhani (via Bokaro)||12439/12440||1305 km||74 km/h|
|Ranchi Rajdhani (via Daltonganj)||12453/12454||1341 km||76 km/h|
|Karnataka||Bangalore Rajdhani||22691/22692||2365 km||70 km/h|
|Kerala||Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani||12431/12432||3149 km||76 km/h|
|Maharashtra||Mumbai Rajdhani||12951/12952||1384 km||88 km/h|
|August Kranti Rajdhani||12953/12954||1377 km||79 km/h|
|Bandra Rajdhani||09003/09004||1367 km||98 km/h|
|Odisha||Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Adra)||22811/22812||1723 km||74 km/h|
|Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Bokaro)||22823/22824||1800 km||76 km/h|
|Bhubaneswar Rajdhani (via Sambalpur)||20817/20818||1914 km||70 km/h|
|Tamil Nadu||Chennai Rajdhani||12433/12434||2175 km||77 km/h|
|Telangana||Secunderabad Rajdhani||12437/12438||1661 km||76 km/h|
|Tripura||Agartala Rajdhani||20501/20502||2421 km||59 km/h|
|West Bengal||Howrah Rajdhani (via Gaya)||12301/12302||1447 km||85 km/h|
|Howrah Rajdhani (via Patna)||12305/12306||1530 km||76 km/h|
|Sealdah Rajdhani||12313/12314||1479 km||82 km/h|
On 25 June 2014, at least four passengers were killed and eight injured when the New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed at Goldin Ganj station near Chapra in suspected sabotage by Maoists. The train was heading towards Dibrugarh .
On the morning on 14th Sept, 2017, at around 6.00 a.m. IST, a coach of the New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express derailed at the New Delhi station. According to a railway spokesperson, no one was injured in the incident.
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