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]

Etymology[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.

On 22 May 2017, the Dadar-Sawantwadi Rajya Rani Express was named as "Tutari Express" to mark the centenary of Keshavasuta's famed poem titled "Tutari".[7] [8]

Routes[edit]

S.No. Train No. Sector Distance (km) Date of introduction
1 16557 / 16558 Mysore - Bangalore 139 1 July 2011
2 11003 / 11004 Dadar - Sawantwadi Road 497 1 July 2011
3 22861 / 22862 Shalimar - Adra 229 01 Oct 2011
4 22161 / 22162 Bhopal - Damoh 291 12 Nov 2011
5 16349 / 16350 Thiruvannathapuram Central - Nilambur Road 393 16 Nov 2011
6 18417 / 18418 Rourkela - Gunupur 341 16 Nov 2011
7 15417 / 15418 Alipurduar - Silghat 460 14 Feb 2012
8 22453 / 22454 Meerut - Lucknow 459 11 March 2012
9 22101 / 22102 Manmad - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus 242 12 March 2012
10 12567 / 12568 Saharsa - Patna 214 18 March 2012

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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, July 1, 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-rajyarani-express-rechristened-as-tutari-express-2447535
  8. ^ http://pibmumbai.gov.in/scripts/detail.asp?releaseId=E2017PR933