Friday, January 22, 2016


Northern Railway has announced through Press Release Dated 20.01.2016, that for the the convenience of rail passengers, Railways will be introducing a new Tri Weekly Superfast Express train No 22418/22417 between New Delhi and Varanasi as per the following programme:


Train No. and Schedule: 22418 New Delhi-Varanasi Tri Weekly Superfast Express Train will depart from New Delhi at 06.35 p.m. on every Monday , Wednesday and Friday  from 25.01.2016 to reach Varanasi  at 08.25 a.m. the next day.

Train No. and Schedule: 22417 Varanasi - New Delhi Tri Weekly Superfast Express Train will depart from Varanasiat 06.35 p.m. on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from  26.01.2016 to reach New Delhi  at 08.25 a.m. the next day.

HALTS: These special trains will stop at Ghaziabad, Moradabad, Bareilly, Lucknow, Sultanpur & Jaunpur City stations enroute in both directions.

COMPOSITION: These special trains will have one First AC, one AC II Tier, Nine sleeper class , four General Class & two second class cum luggage van  coaches.

In order to bring about enhanced comfort to all classes of coaches, both air-conditioned as well as non-air-conditioned coaches, progressively, the Indian Railways had planned for a Model Rake Project. The new Model Rake developed is a refurbished and re-adapted version of seven types of coaches which have been servicing for the past 10-12 years on Indian Railways. In the design and development of this Model Rake, the Indian Railways had factored in the varied needs of each category of coach to bring in suitable interiors. Some of the special features of the Model Rake include:
  • Improved aesthetics and ergonomics in all types of coaches (ICF design).
  • Modular Panels without visible screws and minimum maintenance hatches  inside passenger area for better safety and aesthetics.
  • Use of superior material for panels in terms of toxicity index and fire retardation.
  • Ergonomically designed Ladders for climbing up to upper berths provided in all sleeper coaches.
  • Aesthetically appealing toilet modules provided with enhanced passenger amenities - big mirror, platform washbasin, controlled discharged water tap, odour control system, exhaust fan, LED lights, dustbin inside the toilet to name a few.
  • Passenger Address system and GPS based passenger information system in the rakes.
  • Shifting of electrical junction points from passenger area to non-passenger area in a centralised distribution board for enhanced safety.
  • Use of e-beam cables and polyamide conduits for enhanced electrical and fire safety.
  • Use of LED Lighting to enhance illumination & service durability while minimizing power consumption.
  • Enhanced scale of light fittings including berth reading lights in GSCN Coaches and embarking light in all classes of coaches.
  • The scale of mobile/ laptop charging points have been increased in all classes of coaches.
  • LED based berth indicators cum night light for reserved coaches provided to assist passengers boarding train in night.
  • Windows with powered venetian blind provided in FAC coaches and roller blind in ACCW coaches instead of conventional curtains.
  • Provision of dust bin in all coaches.
  • Provision of fire extinguisher in all coaches.
  • Provision of electrically operated chimney in Pantry Car.
  • Provision of stainless steel panelling in Luggage Compartment of SLR.

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