IRCTC luxury saloon trains! In a bid to regulate the use of the colonial era-style carriages as well as to generate additional revenue, Indian Railways has decided to convert as many as 200 saloons into 10 luxury tourist trains.
The trains will be run by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). According to a source quoted in a PTI report, initially conceived as inspection cars, the saloons are used by officials of Indian Railways to visit far-flung areas. These saloons consist of two bedrooms, a pantry, a toilet, a lounge, and a kitchen which are built to facilitate stay for up to five days.
While some saloons will still be kept for use of railway officials for inspection, 200 saloons will be handed over to IRCTC and will be operated as luxury tourist trains. After conversion, around ten such trains can be put into service for public use. Read More
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