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Railways to run double-decker overnight AC trains from July

24 April 2017

Indian Railways will launch the Utkrisht Double-Decker AC Yatri (Uday) Express, a special class service for overnight journey that will ply on high-demand routes, in July.

The train will have 120-se1ter AC coaches with comfortable reclining chairs and will be equipped with large automatic food and tea / cold drink vending machines for passengers.

There will also be large LCD screens in every coach with Wi- Fi speaker system.

The Uday service will ply on high-demand routes like Delhi- Lucknow and the fare will be lower than that of 3AC class in regular mail/express trains.

The USP of the double-decker Uday is providing better passenger amenities at lesser cost, says a senior railway ministry official.

Since the train will have 40 per cent more carrying capacity than other trains, it will help the railways offer lower fares while also clearing the rush in high-demand routes.

Though the overnight trains will not have sleeper berths, measures have been taken to make the journey comfortable with comfortable reclining chair cars and many added facilities, the official said.

The seats will provide adequate leg space to relax at night. The interior of coaches will be aesthetically designed to give a modern look besides being equipped with bio-toilets.

As far as catering is concerned, there will be facility for providing pre-cooked hot food from food vending boxes in each coach.

The ne train service, announced in rail budget 2016-17, is slated to run at a speed of 110 km per hour on high density routes.

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