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Jun 02 2012 (10:13)
News Entry# 75566 Deccan Queen still chugging at 83
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Jun 02 2012 (10:20)
Deccan Queen, the first-ever public transport of its kind that connected Mumbai (then called Bombay) and Pune in a three-and-a-half hour ride in the 1930s, has completed 82 years.The Central Railway (CR) celebrated the electric train’s 83rd anniversary on Friday.“The introduction of Deccan Queen between the two premier cities on June 1, 1930, was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR), now called the Central Railway.This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities of the region and was aptly named after Pune, also called as Queen of Deccan,” said a senior CR official.The history of Deccan Queen (Dakkhan ki Rani) is literally a tale of two cities.Over the last 82 years, the train has grown from a mere medium of transportation between two cities into an institution binding generation of loyal passengers.“I have been travelling by the Deccan...
Jun 02 2012 (10:16)
News Entry# 75529 It's been a long run for these trains
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Jun 02 2012 (10:23)
MUMBAI: June 1 is a red-letter day for Central Railway (CR) as two of its premier trains made their inaugural run on this day.While the Punjab Mail completed 100 years of its run, the Deccan Queen, which completed 82 years, will get a makeover that promises to enhance the travelling experience of its passengers. The Punjab Mail takes 34 hours to cover 1,930 km between Mumbai and Ferozpur Cantonment. The origins of the Punjab Mail are rather unclear. Based on a cost estimate paper circa 1911 and a complaint by an irate passenger dated October 12, 1912, about "late arrival of the train by a few minutes at Delhi", it has been inferred that the mail train made its maiden run out of Ballard Pier Mole station on June 1, 1912. Originally known as the Punjab Limited, the train in the pre-Independence era used to run on fixed days from Bombay's...