June 1, 2018
COIMBATORE: The much awaited Double Decker UDAY Express from Coimbatore to Bengaluru will be flagged off on June 10 by Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain. Gohain will also dedicate a passenger lift for platforms three and four at the junction on that day, Salem Divisional Railway Manager U. Subba Rao said on Friday.
Rao, here for an inspection, said both the lift and Uday Express were in ready condition for the flag off.
“Southern Railways has also decided to introduce another trip of Heritage Nilgiris Mountain Rail (NMR) on Fridays and Saturdays every week, which will take tourists from Ooty to Kethi and back. These are in addition to the trip between Mettupalayam and Coonoor during weekends,” he said.
“The additional special train will be run on a trial basis till the first week of July so far and if the patronage is good, we will run it throughout the year,” Rao added. “The one-and-half hour trip will include a trip to Kethi, a half an hour break in Ketti and the return journey to Ooty. So they can experience a ride in the NMR but not spend too much of their time on it,” Rao said
The train will be diesel locomotive and passengers can buy tickets for the trip at Udhagamandalam Station. The tickets priced at Rs 300 each for second class and Rs 400 each for first class will include a welcome drink or soup, a few snacks or a samosa and souvenir and the train can accommodate around 82 passengers.
“We eventually plan to introduce all these trips on steam locomotive, once we get more locomotives,” Rao said.