1. New train: Indian Railways UDAY Express from Coimbatore to Bengaluru soon; boasts of automatic food vending machines and LCD screens

New train: Indian Railways UDAY Express from Coimbatore to Bengaluru soon; boasts of automatic food vending machines and LCD screens

UDAY Express - or the Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri - train is all set to roll out in the coming months.

By: | Updated: July 3, 2017 7:49 PM
uday express, uday express train route, uday express images, uday express time table For the first UDAY Express, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) is helping in modifying an existing double-decker train rake.

UDAY Express – or the Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-conditioned Yatri – train is all set to roll out in the coming months. Equipped with food and tea/coffee vending machines and on-board entertainment facilities, the UDAY Express has been envisioned as a train for overnight business travellers. Announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu during his rail budget speech in 2016, UDAY has been delayed because the Railway Board was finalising on its design and features.

“We will introduce overnight double-decker, Utkrisht DoubleDecker Air-conditioned Yatri (UDAY) Express on the busiest routes, which has the potential to increase carrying capacity by almost 40%,” Prabhu had proposed back then. Humsafar Express, Tejas Express, Antyodaya Express and Deen Dayalu coaches – all the other new branded trains and coaches announced in 2016 have already been introduced.

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For the first UDAY Express, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) is helping in modifying an existing double-decker train rake. The chair car LHB coaches will be modified on several fronts to ensure better passenger comforts – a possible attempt to compete with overnight luxury buses. “One rake consisting of around 15-20 coaches will be modified. This is a retro-fitment project. Each coach will have automatic food and coffee/tea vending machines,” a railway official involved in the project told FE Online. This is the first time that Indian Railways is looking to install food vending machines in trains. IRCTC already has automatic food vending machines on a few railway stations.

uday express, uday express train route, uday express images, uday express time table Interior of an existing double-decker train

For the entertainment of passengers, LCD screens with blue-tooth connectivity will be installed in the train as well. “The total number of screens per coach are yet to be decided. The screens will hang from the coach ceiling and if the passenger desires he/she can listen in using bluetooth/wi-fi ear phones that Railways will provide. The screens will be fitted in a way that all passengers can enjoy the onboard entertainment,” the official said.

Additionally, Indian Railways has planned some internal panel improvements and a vinyl wrapped exterior for the UDAY Express. The anti-graffiti exterior would help Indian Railways keep the train clean, and can easily be replaced when the need arises. The colour scheme of the exterior has not yet been decided by the Railway Board. The double-decker trains already boast of modular toilets and eventually, Railways plans to modify the design in order to introduce bio-toilets.

Double-decker trains have a seating capacity of 120 per coach (50 for upper deck, 48 for lower deck and 22 on the ends) as compared to Shatabdis which can seat up to 78. Recently, Prabhu said that UDAY Express between Coimbatore and Bengaluru will start plying by the end of September. Two other routes that have been identified for the new train service are: Mumbai Bandra Terminus to Jamnagar and Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada.

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    Indian
    Aug 23, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    Mr. Prabhu Please make the Rajkot Coimbatore express bi-weekly. People who want to travel from Saurashtra region of gujarat to Palghat dont have any trains.
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      Y. Raghuram
      Jul 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm
      AC Double Decker Expresses (22707/ 22708) are already in operation between Visakhapatnam and Tirupati via Vijayawada, since 2nd January 2017. Indian Railways should introduce Pantry Car in this train and also name it as "UDAY Express".
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        Kan Nan
        Sep 14, 2017 at 12:57 pm
        Sorry for interpretation Visakhapatnam and Tirupati via Vijayawada (22707/ 22708) is an AC Double Decker Express with seating facilities not berthing facilities. (which means Class CC, not Class 3A). But proposed UDAY Expresses are night trains with both seating and berthing facilities. ( which means Class 3A, not Class CC). But would be advisable to have Uday express for Visakhapatnam - Tirupati and AC Double Decker Express for Visakhapatnam - Vijayawada, as former is longer journey, hence requires berthing, whereas has Visakhapatnam - Vijayawada has many AC bus services, hence night won't be feasible.
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        Srividhya
        Jul 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm
        Mr. Suresh prabhu. There is no trains from coimbatore to Mumbai. Only one train kovai kurla is there. But slow and boring too. It takes 30 hours to reach there . This is not fair Sir. U leave fast training s for all states nut no fast train at all from coimbatore to Mumbai. Pls make a note of it and do something gud for us.
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          sreenidhi.murthy
          Jul 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm
          Dear sir, While appreciating Railway Minister's announcement of Uday Express between Coimbatore and Bangaluru he has totally forgotten to introduce many important trains announced long long back and also listed in Railway time tables of 2015 and 2016. One such train announced in 2015 and also included in Railway time table is Train No.16575 Bengaluru-Mangaluru Day Express via Mysuru. Can the Railway minister enlighten the public what is it that is making him to hold back in starting this important train.
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            Ramesh Aithal
            Jul 4, 2017 at 11:54 am
            Why is Railway Minister/Ministry not showing interest between Bangalore and Mangalore? Is there any fishy activity in it? There has been legal battle to ensure implementation of what was announced in Parliament. God give courage to Minister.
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              Lalappa
              Jul 4, 2017 at 11:45 am
              God knows when Mr. Prabhu will focus on the Mumbai- Chennai, Mumbai- Bangalore, Mumbai- Hyderabad routes all of them are major cities and metropolitan centers but apart from express trains which run at a 50 -55 km/hr average speed not a single shatabdi or the so called semi-bullet trains the Gatiman express trains have been announced on these routes. Forget about all this till now even the doubling and electrification of lines from Bhigwan to Vakav and from Akkalkot Road to Gulbarga in the Solapur division is still pending, how will the trains manage to run above the average speed of 50-55 km/hr on these routes. Trains have to wait for hours sometimes to let the other train pass. I hope Mr. Prabhu takes a serious note of the doubling and electrification works carried on the Solapur division.
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                Kurian Kottackakam
                Jul 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm
                What a change | My thoughts go back to the period 1955-60 how we students from Kerala travelled in Janatha Express from Madras towards New Delhi for higher studies. No birtth, no reservation,no pantry car. Oh, we had no complaints, we really enjoyed it. KURIAN KOTTACAKAM There was no other option.
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                  salil
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm
                  good move
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                    Kanagarajan Kandasamy
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm
                    Very nice updated articles Thank you
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