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Information about Deccan Queen and Punjab Mail  
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Jun 02 2012 (10:20)

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Information about Deccan Queen and Punjab Mail

Jun 02 2012 (10:13)
News Entry# 75566  Deccan Queen still chugging at 83  
Posted by: rdb*^   Added by: rdb*^  Jun 02 2012 (10:20)
Deccan Queen, the first-ever public transport of its kind that connected Mumbai (then called Bombay) and Pune in a three-and-a-half hour ride in the 1930s, has completed 82 years.The Central Railway (CR) celebrated the electric train’s 83rd anniversary on Friday.“The introduction of Deccan Queen between the two premier cities on June 1, 1930, was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR), now called the Central Railway.This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities of the region and was aptly named after Pune, also called as Queen of Deccan,” said a senior CR official.The history of Deccan Queen (Dakkhan ki Rani) is literally a tale of two cities.Over the last 82 years, the train has grown from a mere medium of transportation between two cities into an institution binding generation of loyal passengers.“I have been travelling by the Deccan...
Queen for the last 10 years. I live in Pune and work in Mumbai. This train is almost always on time. It reaches Mumbai by 10.30am, and departs from Mumbai at 5.10pm sharp,” said Hemant Tapale, a businessman.“Initially, the train was introduced with two rakes of seven coaches each — one of painted in silver with scarlet mouldings and the other with royal blue with gold lines. The under frames of the coaches of the original rakes were built in England while the coach bodies were built in the Matunga Workshop of the GIPR,” the official said. The number of coaches in the rake was also increased to 12 from the original seven coaches providing additional accommodation.Over the year the number of coaches in the train has been increased to the present level of 17 coaches.

Jun 02 2012 (10:16)
News Entry# 75529  It's been a long run for these trains  
Posted by: rdb*^   Added by: rdb*^  Jun 02 2012 (10:23)
MUMBAI: June 1 is a red-letter day for Central Railway (CR) as two of its premier trains made their inaugural run on this day.While the Punjab Mail completed 100 years of its run, the Deccan Queen, which completed 82 years, will get a makeover that promises to enhance the travelling experience of its passengers. The Punjab Mail takes 34 hours to cover 1,930 km between Mumbai and Ferozpur Cantonment. The origins of the Punjab Mail are rather unclear. Based on a cost estimate paper circa 1911 and a complaint by an irate passenger dated October 12, 1912, about "late arrival of the train by a few minutes at Delhi", it has been inferred that the mail train made its maiden run out of Ballard Pier Mole station on June 1, 1912. Originally known as the Punjab Limited, the train in the pre-Independence era used to run on fixed days from Bombay's...
Ballard Pier Mole station all the way to Peshawar, via the Great Indian Peninsular route, covering 2,496 km in about 47 hours. During those days, the Punjab Limited was the fastest train in British India. The Deccan Queen has been the darling of passengers who ply the Mumbai-Pune route. Subodh Jain, CR general manager, who flagged off the train on Friday, said, "We have decided to upgrade passenger amenities." The Deccan Queen made its maiden journey on June 1, 1930.The weekend train between Mumbai and Pune, is known for its punctuality and on-board catering. The train has had an uninterrupted run, except for brief spells on three occasions.After the train's coaches derailed at Lonavala on July 13, 1992, the service came to halt for nine days. After the 2005 deluge damaged tracks, the service was grounded for three weeks.
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