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What is a Saloon Car in Indian Railways?  
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What is a Saloon Car in Indian Railways?

Aug 01 2011 (21:46)
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Guest: 85ed5251   Added by: moderator*^~  Aug 01 2011 (23:59)
Same as Pantry Car which used for Food in Ordinary Trains
Saloon car for Palace on Wheels for Shaving/Hair Cut and so on........
Good Idea we can ask IR arrange these in VVIP Traios(so that people get ready in trains itself... anyway time spent in travelling in trains is mere waste.. in that time we atleast have our Hair Cut)

Aug 01 2011 (21:47)
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Begins Falls Rises ™~   Added by: moderator*^~  Aug 01 2011 (23:59)
few info!!!
"The Presidential Saloon
The Presidential Saloon is not a train, but a pair of twin coaches (numbered 9000 and 9001) reserved for exclusive use by the President of India. The coaches were built in 1956 and are usually stabled at New Delhi station. The coaches have a dining room that doubles as a visiting room, a lounge room or conference room, and the president's bedroom. There is also a kitchen and chambers for the president's secretaries and staff as well as the railway staff who accompany him. The coaches are
luxuriously appointed with teak furniture and silk drapes and cushion covers.
The Presidential Saloon was used regularly by many presidents in the 1960s and early 1970s. A tradition developed of having the president on the completion of his term use the coaches for his outbound journey from New Delhi to his residence elsewhere in the country although it's not certain when that started. The last president to use the coaches in this way as Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, in 1977.
After that, the coaches fell into disuse for reasons of security and convenience, although they were regularly maintained and inspected at New Delhi despite not being used. After a hiatus of about 26 years, the coaches were used again on May 30, 2003 when the president, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam used it for a 60km journey from Harnaut to Patna. For his use, the coaches were renovated and provided with modern equipment such as satellite-based communication systems.
The predecessor of the Presidential Saloon was the Vice Regal Coach used in the 19th century and the early 20th century by the Viceroy of India. This was kept at Calcutta until 1927 when it was brought to New Delhi when that city became the capital of British India. The Vice Regal Coach was furnished with Persian carpets, a 'sinking sofa', and -- a novelty in Indian trains then -- hot and cold running water. It was not air-conditioned, but used 'khas' mats for air cooling. The first Indian president Dr Rajendra Prasad used this coach after 1950, and used it to travel from New Delhi to Kurukshetra, among other places"
source :- irfca.org

Aug 01 2011 (21:49)
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Guest: 85ed5251   Added by: moderator*^~  Aug 01 2011 (23:59)
Who uses saloons on IR today?
Saloon cars, commonly used for luxury travel by the nobility and high-ranking officials in the past, are now far less common. A few air-conditioned saloon cars are kept for the exclusive use of General Managers of zonal railways and members of the Railway Board. Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) have exclusive use of a non-air-conditioned saloon at the divisional level. Other officials such as the ADRM, Senior DEE, Senior DME, Senior DOM, Senior DEN, Senior DPO, and others usually have to share one other non-air-conditioned saloon at the divisional level. (Also read about the presidential saloon.)

Aug 01 2011 (22:01)
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D Pravin   Added by: moderator*^~  Aug 02 2011 (00:30)
Thanks sir for this info.
It should be attached to Palace On Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and The Golden Chariot. As these tours are 7-10 days long and IR can earn through it instead of giving this valuable customers to Private Saloon or hotel saloon.
Does anybody have traveled on this Luxurious trains? can answer that question.
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