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Mumbai - New Delhi Rajdhani History
May 20 2012 (12:03)
News Entry# 73722 Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express turns 40
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ May 20 2012 (12:06)
MUMBAI: Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express celebrated a quiet birthday on May 17, forty years after it made its inaugural journey from then Bombay Central to the national capital in 1972. The first Rajdhani Express was introduced three years earlier in 1969 between Howrah and New Delhi and was the first fully air-conditioned train. Chief public relations officer of WR Sharat Chandrayan said, "May 17 marks a red-letter day in the history of Indian Railways as it was on this day that this premier train was introduced to connect the country's commercial capital with its political capital." The train's popularity can be gauged from the fact that its reservation chart is prepared only 15 minutes before departure. The train has undergone a sea change over the years to maintain its numero uno position. A railway official said, "When the train was first introduced, it was hauled by a single WDM-2 diesel locomotive...