Indian Railway Type of Trains: The Indian Railway covers almost all towns and cities with its wide array of trains. But to cover such vast land as our country, how many types of trains do you think there is? Well, there are thirty different types, if not more. And here is all you need to know about them:
1. Vande Bharat Express
The Vande Mataram Express is a fully air-conditioned intercity train with several modern and unique features. Also known as Train 18, it is the first locomotive-less high-speed train in India.
2. Tejas Express
The chair-car train of Tejas Express is semi-high speed and fully air-conditioned. These trains also come with several onboard facilities like Wi-Fi, tea, and coffee vending machines, CCTV cameras, etc.
3. Gatimaan Express
The Gatimaan Express is the very first semi-high speed train in India to connect Jhansi to Delhi. Besides the onboard facilities, this train comes with hostesses to take care of passengers.
4. Shatabdi Express
Connecting major cities of India, the Shatabdi Express trains are fully air-conditioned superfast trains that run short and medium distances. These chair cars make round trips on the same day.
5. Jan Shatabdi Express
The Jan Shatabdi Express is a more affordable version of the Shatabdi Express. These superfast trains running at 140 km/hr have both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned coaches.
6. Rajdhani Express
The Rajdhani Expresses connect the country city to the different state capitals and other major cities. These high-speed long-distance trains are air-conditioned and stop at a limited number of stations.
7. Sampark Kranti Express
An inexpensive alternative to Rajdhani Express, the Sampark Kranti Express also links Delhi to the state capitals and major cities. They make high-speed travel in both AC and non-AC affordable.
8. Duronto Express
The premium trains of Duronto Express are long-distance superfast trains that connect different state capitals of India and important cities. Running at 130 km/hr, these trains have few stops.
9. Humsafar Express
The three-tier trains of Humsafar Express are fully air-conditioned long-distance trains. These trains come equipped with several different onboard amenities to make life on train easier.
10. AC Express
The AC Expresses are fully air-conditioned high-speed trains that connect various important cities of India. These trains come at affordable rates and have a limited number of stops.
11. Double Decker Express
As the name suggests, the Double Decker Express trains come with a double-decker seating facility for passengers. These high-speed day trains are air-conditioned and have limited stops.
12. UDAY Express
Uday Express or the Utkrisht Double-Decker Air-Conditioner Yatri Express are double-decker air-conditioned chair cars. Having several modern facilities makes it the best luxury transportation for business travelers.
13. Garib Rath Express
The Garib Rath Expresses are fully air-conditioned economical trains providing fast connectivity at subsidized rates. These three-tier trains run at 140 km/hr and cover long distances.
14. Yuva Express
Introduced to offer affordable travel to the Indian youth, the Yuva Express trains are fully air-conditioned. Sixty percent of its seats are reserved for people between 18-45 years.
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15. Kavi Guru Express
The Kavi Guru Express trains were launched in honor of Kavi Guru Rabindranath Tagore. These four trains are semi high-speed express trains but one among them is a superfast express.
16. Vivek Express
Launched in honor of Swami Vivekananda, the Vivek Expresses are set of four trains. The Vivek Express running between Dibrugarh and Kanyakumari covers the longest rail route in the country.
17. Rajya Rani Express
The Rajya Rani Express trains link the capitals of the different states of the country and the cities that are major tourist, pilgrimage, or business destination.
18. Mahamana Express
Named after and in honor of freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Mahaviya, the Mahamana Express are superfast express trains. These trains come with Model Rake coaches.
19. Antyodaya Express
The Antyodaya Express trains, running on the peak rail routes of India, are unreserved high-speed trains. These trains run overnight and are design to make transportation faster and highly affordable.
20. Jan Sadharan Express
Offering affordable transportation as the name suggests, the Jan Sadharan Express are non-reserved passenger trains. These run at a speed of 50 km/hr on several peak rail routes.
21. Suvidha Express
The Suvidha Express or the premium express trains are the ones running on the busiest rail routes of India. Hence, these trains have no concessions, ladies quota, cancellations, or tatkal reservation.
Linking the state capitals and important railway junctions the Intercity Express runs at high to semi-high speed. These chair car trains are more affordable than the other express trains.
23. Superfast Express
The high-speed trains of Superfast Express trains run at 100-110 km/hr. But having a superfast surcharge included in its fares, these trains are more expensive than normal express trains.
Express trains are similar to superfast expresses but have longer travel times and more stops. Running at a speed of over 100km/hr, these trains are faster than local trains.
Mail Trains are exclusively designed to carry mail from one place to another. Though most other trains now carry mails in their luggage coaches, the mail trains still remain in use.
Passenger Trains are an economical mode of travel between small distances. Running at a speed between 40-80 km/hr these trains are slow and don’t come with reserved sitting arrangements.
The Suburbans or the local trains run between the different centrally located suburban areas. These trains don’t have reserved seating arrangements and stop at almost every station on the route.
Designed for urban transport in the busiest cities, the metro trains cover almost all the major stops in the metro cities. The first-ever metro was started in Calcutta in 1984.
29. Toy Trains
Toy Trains or the mountain trains run on the track lines passing through the mountains in the country. Three of the seven toy trains are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
30. Luxury Trains
Specially designed to ensure the luxury, the luxury trains run across various regions of the country. One of the oldest of them is the Fairy Queen, running between Alwar and Delhi.