After a delay of over six months, the much awaited double-decker train to run between Lucknow and New Delhi is likely to start plying from next month.
The double decker train to run on the 500-km Lucknow-New Delhi route is stationed in for past six months at Gomtinagar station waiting endlessly for trial run before it gets clearance. The hurdle is posed by pillars of two bridges on the route.
The trial run for Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore is over, but Lucknow where the train was designed at Research Designs and Standards Organisation(RDSO) is far from getting the route clearance.
But now RDSO will start trial run of the train from tomorrow and it will take a fortnight to run the train on commercial basis, railway officials here today said. The train will run by the Northern Railway between Lucknow and Anand Vihar terminal on five days in a week through Bareilly-Moradabad Section.
The train is likely to start from Lucknow in the morning and reach New Delhi in the afternoon and again start from there in the afternoon to reach Lucknow in the night.
Earlier, the railway engineers indicated that there are two bridges on the route lying under NR for which route-clearance is required. Route clearance is required for every new train before it starts plying on the identified route to ensure that it would run safely.
The train was caught between two zonal railways, North Eastern Railway (NER) and Northern Railway (NR), which created delay in running the train as both zone want the train.
The double-decker’s trial on the Lucknow-New Delhi route is the only pending project with RDSO which has already completed the double-decker’s trial for routes in Konkan railways, between Chennai-Bangalore, Hyderabad-Guntur, Hyderabad-Guntur via Vijaywada and Bhopal-Indore.
In a double-decker coach, the entry and toilet areas of the coaches are at the same level as the platform. It is the seating area which has been horizontally divided into two levels, bringing the ground floor to the level of the platform. The coach is higher and slightly narrower than a regular rail coach. The coaches are crash-worthy, which means they can keep passengers safe in case of a collision, derailment or any other train accident.
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