Central Railway’s Deccan Queen to run with new coaches from June 22 | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Central Railway’s most prestigious train Deccan Queen, which runs between Mumbai and Pune, will be introduced with LHB coaches having new colour code and exterior design from June 22
CR’s general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti, who inspected the new coaches at CSMT on Tuesday on the occasion of 93rd anniversary of the Deccan Queen said, “This train is the only one of its kind on Indian Railways to have a Restaurant Car. This train will now run with LHB coaches from June 22.”
CR has decided to run this train with LHB coaches as they are safe compare to Conventional coaches, whose manufacturing has been stopped on the orders of railway board.
Presently, Deccan Queen has a unique existing livery colour of blue and white with a red band.
Railway roped in National Institute of Design (NID) to prepare the final colour and design for new LHB coaches to be used for this train.
NID took feedback from the passengers and stakholders on the basis of which “Restrianed imperium” design was selected.
As per NID concept note, ‘Restrained Imperium design’ attempts to embody this understated imperium of the queen in a powerful yet understated form with hints of dynamic elements in a linear flow, embellished with details from our heritage.
The Deccan Queen with LHB coaches will have Four AC Chair Car, 8 Second Class Chair Car, One Vista dome coach, One AC Dining Car, One General Second class cum Guard’s brake van and Generator Car.
The ‘Deccan Queen’ had its inaugural run on 1st June 1930 which was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the forerunner of the Central Railway. This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve 2 important cities of the region i.e. Mumbai and Pune and was aptly named as ‘Queen of Deccan’ (‘Dakkhan ki Rani’).
Initially, the train was introduced with 7 coaches having only first class and second class accommodation. Third class was introduced in 1955. The coaches of the original rakes were replaced in 1966 by anti-telescopic steel bodied integral coaches built by Integral Coach Factory, Perambur and no of coaches were increased to 12. *The Vistadome coach was attached from August 15, 2021.
Deccan Queen also has many records like India’s first superfast train, first long distance electric hauled train, first vestibuled train, first train to have ladies’ only car, first train to feature a dining car.





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