The fastest train in the country, Gatiman Express, is returning to track once again. The Ministry of Railways has decided to run it again from April 1, 2021. It was closed in March last year during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus.
Gwalior and Jhansi are two of the most important tourist places in the country. An attempt to connect these destinations with the national capital once again is the need of the hour. Keeping this in mind and to further boost and promote the tourism sector in the northern region, Railways has decided to re-run the Gatimaan Express.
Last year the operations of trains across the country were stopped as there was a lockdown because of Coronavirus. Gatiman Express running between Delhi and Jhansi couldn’t remain untouched also. Now, one year later, from April 1, 2021, the operations of Gatiman Express 12050 and Gatiman Express 12049 were announced by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on the 30th of March. Currently, it has been decided to run the service till 30th of June, 2021. It will run six days a week except for Fridays which will be the maintenance day for the train.
Gatiman Express 12050 will run from the base station Hazrat Nizamuddin(NZM) at 8:10 am and will reach the Agra Cantt Station(AGC) in just under two hours at 09:50. It will leave Agra Cantt(AGC) at 09:55 AM and reach Gwalior(GWL) at 11:07 AM and reach the destination station Jhansi(JHS) at 12:35 PM. On the return journey, Gatiman Express 12049 will depart from the base station Jhansi (JHS) at 03:05 pm to reach Gwalior(GWL) at 04:03 pm, Agra(AGC) at 05:40 pm and destination Hazrat Nizamuddin station(NZM) at 07:30 pm.
Gatiman Express is the fastest running train in the country. It runs at a speed of 160 kmph between Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra. The railway track is not as strong when proceeding from Agra therefore, it is run at a speed of 130 km per hour between Agra and Jhansi. Presently, the track between Agra and Jhansi is also being strengthened. It is expected that in some time the entire journey of this train will be completed at a speed of 160 km.
Gatiman Express was envisaged as the fastest train in the country. Although it applied for a safety certificate in October 2014 itself, this train was able to run on the track only from 5th April 2016. Initially it used to go from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra. Later, on 19th February 2018 it was extended to Gwalior and from 1st April 2018 to Jhansi.
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