Kolkata : India’s first premier railway line – Rajdhani Express, turned 50 today. On this occasion the Indian Railways decorated the train with red and yellow marigold flowers before it chugged out of Howrah station on its golden jubilee run.
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Rajdhani Express turns today
The premier Indian Express train started on its first maiden journey in the year 1960. An eastern railway (ER) official said that the Kolkata-New Delhi Rajdhani Express embarked on its official first journey in the month of March on 3rd in the year 1969 from Howrah.
The high speed train first covered 1,450 km stretch covering within 17 hours and 20 minutes.
It was flagged off by three former staffers of Rajdhani Express after ceremonial cake-cutting and release of a greeting stamp to commemorate the epoch-making event.
50 years completion of Rajdhani Express
Passengers on the golden jubilee run were treated to some of its old delicacies like fish fry or vegetable cutlets and ‘rosgollas’ apart from ice-cream for dessert, said IRCTC (East) general manager Debasish Chandra.
The iconic train has undergone various stages of evolution over the years. The current make of the Rajdhani Express has got a makeover of the existing LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches in 2017.
Now it has 20 LHB coaches consisting of two coaches of two AC first class, five AC 2-Tier, 10 AC 3-tier with one pantry car and two power cars-cum-luggage vans.