Today in Transportation History – 2011: Telangana and Maharashtra Get an Express Train

In southern India, a new express train went into service between Pune Junction railway station in the state of Maharashtra and Secunderabad Junction railway station in the state of Telangana. The train, which is operated by the South Central Railway (one of the 16 zones of Indian Railways), began its inaugural run after being flagged off by Secunderabad’s Indian Parliament member Anjan Kumar Yadav.

This train is one of the Shatabdi Express trains created by Indian Railways and used throughout the nation. This series of trains was introduced in 1988 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jawalharal Nehru, a towering figure in Indian politics and the nation’s first prime minister. (“Shatabdi” means “centenary” in the Sanskrit language.) The first Shatabdi Express originally ran between India’s capital of New Delhi and the city of Jhansi. Madhavrao Scindia, who served as India’s minister of railways from 1986 to 1989, came up with the idea of the Shatabdi Express trains. He also oversaw their initial development and deployment.

While not especially fast by international standards, the Shatabdi Express trains are among the highest-speed trains operating in India. The Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi Express train averages 44 miles (70.58 kilometers) per hour, making it the fastest train running on the 371-mile (597-kilometer) route between the cities of Pune and Hyderabad (where Secunderabad Junction railway station is located). The train’s average journey time between both points is eight hours and 30 minutes. This train is also Indian Railways’ fastest diesel-hauled Shatabdi Express train.

For more information about Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi Express, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pune_Secunderabad_Shatabdi_Express

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