Double Decker Trains
Double Decker Trains In India are fully Air Conditioned (AC) trains with 2 Floor Express Trains. This is considered to be the highest priority train in India. Double deckers having less number of stoppages also.
Double Decker Express Trains of Indian Railways have high priority and among fast trains in India. At present, there are 6 AC and 2 Non-AC Double Decker Express trains operating in India. This type of trains was introduced on short travel routes and to cater more people than a conventional chair car carriage. This also allowed the passengers to plan last-minute journeys with confirm reservations.
- Double Decker Express Trains List
- Double Decker Trains Coach Factory Details and First Run
- Double Decker Trains In India: History
Double Decker Express Trains List
The following is a list of Non AC and AC Double Decker Express Trains of Indian Railways
AC Double Decker Express Trains in India
|Sr. No.||Train No.||Route||Details|
|Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Madgaon AC Double Decker Express||The 11085/11086 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Madgaon AC Double Decker Express Train introduced in December 2015 with a maximum speed of 100 km/hr.|
|2||12931/12932||Mumbai Central – Ahmedabad Double Decker Express||Mumbai Ahmedabad Double Decker superfast express train runs daily, was introduced on September 2012. It was the first Indian Railways branded advertisements train.|
|3||22625/22626||Chennai – Bangalore Double Decker Express||Chennai Bangalore AC Double Decker Express Train between Chennai Central and Bangalore City uses LHB coaches with powerful locomotives of Indian Railways, WAP – 7 locomotives.|
|4||12583/12584||Lucknow Junction – Anand Vihar Terminal Double Decker Express||Lucknow Anand Vihar Terminal Double Decker Express is the first Double Decker service in Uttar Pradesh and ninth double-decker train in India.|
|5||12985/12986||Jaipur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Double Decker Express||Jaipur Delhi Double Decker Express runs between Jaipur Junction and Delhi Sarai Rohilla and covers the distance of 303 kilometres in 4 hours 30 mins.|
|6||22707/22708||Visakhapatnam–Tirupati Double Decker Express||Visakhapatnam Tirupati Double Decker is a superfast express train between Tirupati and Visakhapatnam. There are two more Double Decker Express in South India, Guntur Kacheguda Double Decker Express in Telengana and Kacheguda Tirupati Double Decker Express train of Andhra Pradesh.|
Non-AC Double Decker Express Trains in India
|Sr No.||Train No.||Name||Route||Details|
|1||12921/12922||Flying Ranee: The first superfast train which gets Non-AC Double Decker Coaches in Western Railway.||Mumbai Central – Surat||Flying Ranee Non AC Double Decker Express runs between Mumbai and Surat, was introduced in 1906. 12922 Flying Ranee covers the distance of 263 kilometres in 4 hours 40 minutes, based WAP 7 or WAP 5 locomotive. (Western Railway has temporarily resumed the services of Flying Ranee special train between Mumbai Central and Surat w.e.f. 12.11.2020 to 19.11.2020).|
|2||59023/59024||Mumbai Central – Valsad Fast Passenger: The second train which gets Non-AC Double Decker Coaches in Western Railway.||Mumbai Central – Valsad|
Double Decker Trains Coach Factory Details and First Run
The Kapurthalas Rail Coach Factory (RCF), rolled out the country’s first air-conditioned double-decker coach for oscillation trials on the Delhi-Muradabad section. RCF will start manufacturing the coaches after successful completion of oscillation trials. These futuristic high-speed stainless steel AC coaches would be introduced to cater to the heavy rush of commuters in high-density corridors offering AC travel at a low cost.
The first double Decker train would be seen running on track by end of this year. The new coach with pleasing green-yellow color scheme has all the features and the comforts of a Shatabdi coach. A totally new coach shell design capable of running at a speed of 160 kmph was developed by RCF engineers in tandem with Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) within a short span of just nine months.
In the new design, 128 passengers can be seated as compared with 78 passengers in Shatabdi chair cars, thus increasing the capacity by almost 70 per cent. The overall height of a double Decker coach has been increased marginally (four and a half inches) keeping in view the constraints like overhead structures, bridges, electric traction equipment, platforms etc, so that these coaches can be used without modifying any of the fixed structures except for clearing some minor infringements. Space for the two decks has been generated by optimally using the well space between the two bogies. To save upon space, it was decided to use End-On-Generation configuration where power for train lighting and air-conditioning is supplied by two power cars, attached at both ends of the train.
Double Decker Trains In India : History
Based upon the Rail Budget Feb 24th 2010 presented by Mamata Banarjee, Double Decker Train building started at the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) of Kapurthala,in Punjab,boasts of developing a prototype of the country’s first air conditioned double decker coach.The officials of the factory claim that the double-decker coach has been completed in a record time of eight months. RCF’s General Manager Pardeep Kumar said that the preliminary testing of the double-decker prototype has been conducted successfully, and it would be rolled out next month for trials. “We have made India’s first double-Decker AC coach in the RCF. We have completed a prototype of the coach and the first stage of testing of the coach has also been completed successfully this month. Earlier also, double-decker coaches were made but they did not have any AC and had some or the other manufacturing problems. So, we have overcome all those problems and made this coach with a completely new design,” Kumar said. The new coach shell design is capable of running at a speed of 160 kilometer/hour, and it will be 1.5 feet higher than the normal coach and will have a seating capacity of about 130.
Travelling in an intercity air-conditioned double-decker train, as proposed by the railway minister, could be the first of its kind experience for many, but the concept is not totally new to Puneites who have experienced travelling in non-AC double-decker coaches two decades back. In the early 80s, the railways coined the idea of non-AC double-decker coaches which were attached to the Pune-Mumbai Sinhagad express. However, after a few years, the coaches were replaced by normal ones without citing any reason.