Duronto to make Chennai-Delhi a 27-hour trip

‘Maiden’ Journey: Girls wave as they board the Chennai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin weekly non-stop Duronto Express after it was flagged off from the Central Station in Chennai on Monday. PTI

To cover the entire distance the train takes even less time than the famed Rajdhani Express - 27 hours and 55 minutes compared to 28 hours and 10 minutes. The coaches in DE are fit for a speed of 130 kmph against 110 kmph for conventional mail and express trains. The frequency of the train will be increased to twice a week, the Union Minister said during the launch.

“As and when the Chennai-New Delhi track gets upgraded, the speed of DE will also be increased, further saving the journey time by about two hours”, Southern Railway General Manager M S Jayanth said during the flagging off ceremony of the ‘Chennai Central-Hazrat Nizamuddin’ DE at the Central Railway station.

Dwelling on its unique features, not available now in conventional trains, he said the body shells of these coaches are made of stainless steel, resulting in a tare weight reduction of two tonnes, enabling higher speeds up to 130kmph. This also reduces corrosion repairs and maintenance costs. “The exterior of the coach has been provided with high quality vinyl wrap with an artistic design, which has been designed by the Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee herself”, he added.

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