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First Bharat Gaurav private train begins its journey to Shirdi

The 20-coach train will cover several historical destinations en route. There are stoppages at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam Road and Wadi.

COIMBATORE, June 14: India's first private train, under the Bharat Gaurav Scheme of the Indian Railways, was flagged off from the Coimbatore North Station of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

The train to Sainagar Shirdi in Maharashtra started at 6 pm on Tuesday, and was scheduled to arrive at Shirdi on Thursday at 07.25 am. The return trip will start at 07:25 hours on Friday and reach Coimbatore North at 12:00 hours on Saturday.

The train will cover several historical destinations en route. There are stoppages at Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Yelahanka, Dharmavaram, Mantralayam Road and Wadi. It stops at Mantralayam Road station for 5 hours to facilitate darshan at the Mantralayam temple. Having 20 coaches, including First AC(1), Second 2-tier AC (3) and Third 3-tier Class AC (8) and sleeper coaches (5), one pantry car and two luggage-cum-brake vans, it has a capacity to carry 1,500 passengers. At least three trips will be done per month.

There will be a doctor on board to attend any emergency. The coaches are fitted with high bass-sounding speakers and an on-rail Radio Jockey to keep the passengers entertained during the journey. There will be devotional songs, spiritual stories and live interviews to keep the journey pleasant.

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