Starting a new era of semi-high speed trains in the country, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first such train which will cover the 200 km distance between Delhi and Agra in 100 minutes. The Gatiman Express, which will have a maximum speed of 160 km per hour.
Painted in royal blue and grey colour combination with a yellow strip in between the train started its journey from Nizamuddin railway station, New Delhi to Agra. The train also has train hostesses to welcome passengers and Indian and continental food will be served in the train.
Equipped with a 5,400 HP electric locomotive, two Executive AC Chair Cars and eight AC Chair Car coaches, the train has a high-power emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, GPS-based passenger information system and sliding doors in the coaches.
Railways plans to roll out such trains on nine more routes including Kanpur-Delhi, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad.