On March 3rd, Rajdhani Express successfully completed its 50 years service. On the account of the day a great treat was given to the passengers by Indian Railways.
Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) celebrated the 50th birthday of India's first Rajdhani Express in a grand way. On 3rd March 1969, Rajdhani Express (12301) started its journey to serve the people in connecting the capital of India, Delhi to many places. In the remembrance of its 50 years long service, Indian Railways celebrated its Golden Jubilee with grand celebrations and special treat to the passengers.
How the day celebrated?
Howrah Junction in Kolkata was decorated attractively to greet the Rajdhani Express 50th birthday. All the major officials of Eastern Railways summoned at the station to flag off the train to start its journey. Passengers of the day were welcomed with brand new linen and special napkins stamped with greeting wish of 50th birthday of Rajdhani.
Later, General Manager of Eastern Railway Harindra Rao flagged off the train, to ahead its journey to Delhi. The whole day charge of the train was taken by Debashis Chandra. He is the son of Ratan Chandra who was the first Rajdhani’s catering inspector. Now, Debashis Chandra is the Group General Manager of East.
Debashis Chandra said that “We shall serve fish fry or vegetable cutlets to AC-II and AC-III tier passengers. There will also be rosogollas for dessert, apart from the regular ice cream. First AC passengers will have a continental menu with fish fry or vegetable cutlet and the special caramel custard will be used to be part of the menu at one time. We shall also welcome all passengers with chocolates and roses ”
Cake cutting ceremony was also taken part at the station. Moreover, greeting messages was planned at five different train destinations in the video wall of the station. On the day, railway staff was got on duty with special badge appearance. The train was also decorated with special stickers indicating the train’s 50th birthday.
What to know about Rajdhani Express in detail?
In the moment of celebrating Rajdhani Express 50th birthday. Here included complete information of the train from its first-day journey to 50 years of span.
In the 1960’s, there was a deep discussion about the maximum speed of trains in India. In that time some maximum speed limits were kept as targets by Indian Railways. According to that speed targets, Rajdhani Express was the first train got reached the speed limit 120 km/h. Then in the year 1969 on March 3, Rajdhani Express started its services as the first luxury train in India.
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Rajdhani Express services mainly meant to connect cities to reach Delhi easily. That’s why the train was named “Rajdhani Express”. It started its first journey from New Delhi to Howrah on 1st March 1969 to start its services. Finally, on 3rd March 1969, Rajdhani Express officially was opened to the public at Howrah Junction in Kolkata. With Rajdhani Express journey time to Delhi from Kolkata was cut downed to 17 hours 20 minutes from 24 hours.
At that time, Rajdhani Express is the one and only luxury train with a lounge car and air-conditioned chair cars. And also it was the first train which included food charges in ticket fare. Overall, in past days Rajdhani Express is the fastest and the best train. But a small remark about Rajdhani Express is about its food. Many complaints were faced by the staff in food. That’s why many alternations and precautions were taken to the kitchens of Rajdhani.
However, there is a lot of difference between the past Rajdhani Express and at present Rajdhani Express. At first, the train has 9 coaches only but now totally 20 coaches. The diesel locomotive of the train was changed to an electrical engine. Also in the year, 2017 “Swarna” scheme was implemented to the train to facilitate the best facilities to the passengers. Right now Rajdhani Express is one of the Super Fast Express in India.
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Here are the destinations where Rajdhani Express stops.
Howrah Jn - Asansol Jn - Dhanbad Jn - Gaya Jn - DD Upadhyaya Jn - Allahabad Jn - Kanpur Central - New Delhi.
It means, the train stops at Asansol, Dhanbad, Parasnath, Gaya, Deen Dayal Upadhaya junction, Allahabad, and Kanpur. Service days of the train are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday it travels in travels through Patna route with service number 12305.
An important news is Rajdhani Expresses are going to pick more speed in the coming years.
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