Indian Railways is considering upgrading its network. Under the Golden Quadrilateral scheme of the railways, the sleeper coach can be completely eliminated by long-distance mail and express train. Only AC coaches will be on these trains. The maximum speed of such train can be 130/160 kmph.
In fact, non-AC coaches create technical problems when mail and express trains run at speeds of 130 kmph or more.
The railways are currently designing 83 berth AC coaches on long-distance mail and express trains. This year plans to make 100 such coaches. Next year, 200 such coaches can be created. This exercise of the railways will facilitate that rail travel will be completed in a short time with more comfort in the coming time. Instead, the fare is also planned to be kept lower than the normal AC coach.
However, this railway exercise does not mean that there will be no non AC coaches on the train. In fact, the speed of a non-AC coach train will be less than that of ac coach trains. The sleeper coach train can be operated at a speed of 110 kmph.
All this is being done in a phased manner, as well as further planning, taking lessons from new experiences.
Earlier, Indian Railways has approved the running of 39 new passenger trains. All these trains will be run as special trains. Railways have released a list of all the 39 trains, but they are yet to be reported.
According to Central Railway, 10 special passenger trains will run between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Nagpur, Pune, Gondia, and Solapur from October 9. These trains will not have general coaches but will be fully special passenger trains, with no confirmed ticket to be allowed to travel.
All these trains must comply with all the rules related to coronavirus. This includes social distancing, sanitization, face masks, etc.
From October 17, private Tejas trains will also be running on the track. Ticket booking for Tejas train has started on October 8. Tejas express train has been closed for nearly seven months in the Corona period but is now being launched. The operation of these trains will resume on the Lucknow-New Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes from October 17.