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Howrah – Dhanbad Double Decker Express

Howrah - Dhanbad AC Double Decker Express
Overview
Service type Superfast Double-Decker
Status Cancelled/Discontinued
Locale West Bengal & Jharkhand
First service 1st Oct. 2011
Last service December 2014
Current operator(s) Eastern Railways
Route
Start Howrah Junction (HWH)
Stops 5
End Dhanbad Junction (DHN)
Distance travelled 259 km
Average journey time 4 hrs 15 mins
Service frequency All Days Except Sunday
Train number(s) 12385/12386
On-board services
Class(es) AC Chair Car
Seating arrangements Available
Catering facilities Available (paid)
Observation facilities LHB Coaches
Baggage facilities Available
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Electrification Yes
Operating speed

Average - 60 km/hr

Maximum - 110 km/hr

The Howrah – Dhanbad Double Decker Express was a superfast train of Indian Railways, which was the first of its type to be introduced. It was been accommodated with latest stainless steel LHB Coaches, manufactured at Kapurthala Coach Factory. It connected Kolkata, capital of West Bengal and Dhanbad, an important town in Jharkhand. With this India joins the league of Europe and North America that run double-decker trains. This new AC design had several features namely stainless steel body, high-speed Eurofima design bogies with air springs and fire safety-features. The coaches had a control discharge toilet system. The train comprised five AC Double Deck Chair Cars and two End-On-Generation Vans. This train was regularly hauled by a WAP 7 locomotive. Sometimes, a WAP-4 locomotive was also be seen as an off-link. The train last ran in december 2014. Since 1st January 2015 , the train has been Cancelled/Discontinued. At present the train is laying unmaintained in platform no.16 of Howrah station. This train is considered as one of the most unsuccessful train in this route. According to recent news reports the train will be scrapped sooner then later.

First Indian Double Decker train at Dhanbad Junction

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