For The First Time, Indian Railways Opens Luxury Coaches For Common Man

| March 31 , 2018 , 17:16 IST

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation for the first time operated Railway Saloon Coach for the common man for its maiden tour to Katra on Friday. The private coach was attached to the Jammu Mail train.

The privately-occupied coach which was earlier available for only top railway officials had six passengers on board when it pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station.

Taking to Twitter to announce the same, the Ministry of Railways said that the saloon is like a moving house having two exclusive bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a large living cum dining room and kitchenette. In its tweet with the photographs of the saloon, the Indian Railways said that it also has a "rear window for watching the spectacular views"

The six VIP customers will be the first passengers to experience the grandeur of travelling in a saloon car, after the facility, which till now was primarily reserved for railway officials to reach places not connected by road or air, was opened to the public, the IRCTC said.

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IRCTC added, "the first charter service has been booked by M/s Royal India Train Journeys for its six premium customers for a saloon travelling from Delhi to Jammu. The cost of chartering this saloon coach is around Rs 2 lakh."

The saloon has a living room, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and the other similar to an AC First Class with attached baths, dining area and a well-equipped kitchen.

It will also have a valet service, which will be chargeable in the future.

The decision to make such saloons available to people was taken soon after a meeting of Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, with travel and trade associations in Delhi in January this year.

The Railways has a total of 336 saloon cars across railway zones, among them 62 are air-conditioned.