Come first week of November, the city will get its second Humsafar Express, a weekly train has only AC-3-tier coaches and is designed to provide enhanced comfort.
The train — between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Jammu Tawi numbered (22317/22318) — is the second train of its kind to be launched this year in the Ferozepur division.
The first Humsafar Express (22705/22706) was launched in the city in June between Jammu Tawi and Tirupati.
Former railways minister Suresh Prabhu had announced these special trains for the Ferozepur Division in the rail budget for the last financial year (2016-17).
The division that caters to 262 stations of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh will also get two Antyodaya Express — with all unreserved, general coaches — this November.
Comforts on offer
The Humsafar Express is a deluxe train with all coaches AC-3 tier that has LED screen displays that updates passengers about stations and speed. It also has the facility of a fire alarm and smoke detection system and CCTV facility.
Apart from this, vending machines of tea, coffee and milk are installed in the coaches. There are facilities of bio-toilets, charging points for electronic devices, announcement system, side curtains on corridors and a refrigerating box and heating chamber to store food.
The Humsafar Express (22317/22318) will cover the distance between Sealdah and Jammu Tawi in around 32 hours.
While running from Sealdah to Jammu Tawi, the train will arrive at the Ludhiana railway station at 6.05pm every Tuesday and will halt for 10 minutes before departing at 6.15pm.
While running from Jammu Tawi to Sealdah, it will reach Ludhiana station at 12.05pm every Wednesday, departing at 12.15pm with 10 minutes halt.
The train comprises 18 coaches and will halt at Asansol, Dhanbad, Gaya, Mughalsarai, Varanasi, Lucknow, Bareilly, Moradabad, Saharnpur, Ambala and Ludhiana.