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Humsafar Express upgraded! 15 new features in Indian Railways all AC-3 tier ‘affordable luxury’ train service

Wed June 14 2017, 6:37 pm
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    Humsafar Express upgraded! Within months of introducing the new all AC-3 tier train service, Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways has given the Humsafar Express a Rs 20 lakh per coach upgrade. Looking to enhance passenger comfort, Railways has provided facilities like baby seats in toilets, a new comfortable side berth seat, reading lights and USB charging points among a host of other things.

    The fares of Humsafar Express are around 15-20% higher compared to normal AC-3 tier trains. However, with this new upgrade Railways will not revise the ticket prices - a fact that passengers will greatly welcome. We take a look at what's new in the train: (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: One big revamp - addressing a long standing complaint of passengers - is the new design of the side lower berth. Indian Railways has introduced a detachable board that can be placed on top after joining the two side seats. The move is meant to take care that passengers do not suffer from a backache. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: The new Humsafar Express has refurbished interiors. The design, look and feel of the curtains has been changed. The fire resistant curtains have also been made lighter. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: For the first time, Indian Railways has introduced USB charging points next to berths for AC-3 tier travel. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: Reading lights have been provided next to each berth - lower, middle and upper. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: The upper berth climbing arrangement has been made more comfortable. Additionally, Railways has added a handle on the upper berth to assist passengers when the climb. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: In a move that will get a big thumbs up from families with babies and women who travel with toddlers, Railways has added a baby seat in the toilet. This is meant to assist parents in changing diapers and nappies of babies. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: In a first, India Railways has added a sensor-based men's urinal in the toilet. Based on an NID design, the toilet has been given a two step floor to contain flow of water near the basin. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: The colourful anti-graffiti exteriors now have a reflective destination board wuth glow in the night feature. The train also has a distinctive reflective 3D numbering. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: Like the earlier version, there is a dustbin in each cabin, comfortable seats, mobile charging points, a mirror and luggage rack. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: The flooring has been changed to give it a vinyl coating. The move is aimed at making sure that it is easier to clean the floors of the train. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: Like the earlier train, this one too has toilet occupancy indicators and GPS-based information system for the convenience of the passengers. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: The central aisle has LED-lighting that also displays the seat numbers. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express has a tea/coffee/soup vending machine. On the right side in the image is the CCTV footage display system and an extensive fire/smoke detection and suppression system. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    Humsafar Express: According to Indian Railways officials, a normal AC-3 tier coach costs around Rs 2.39 crore and the Humsafar Express costs Rs 2.59 crore per coach. With this upgradation, the coach will cost Rs 2.79 crore. Trains like Humsafar Express form part of the strategy to generate more revenue by providing better facilities to passengers. (Image by Smriti Jain)

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    SUMITH T J
    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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      dk
      Jun 15, 2017 at 11:33 am
      A baby sitter in toilet is a very good innovation. This can be provided in all long journey trains. It will be very useful. Thanks a lot.
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        Walker
        Jun 15, 2017 at 4:15 am
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              Sachchidanand Paradkar
              Jun 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm
              But do we deserve such luxury? Past experience with Tejas shows that we Indians are experts in vandalising, stealing Public Property..! Railways should employ Detectives Police to check such Chor Public punish instantly
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