Double decker train to clear festive rush

KOLKATA: The only double decker train service in the eastern region will start from October 23, on a temporary basis to clear the Chhat Puja rush, on the Howrah-Dhanbad route.

“The service may be continued after this schedule depending on the patronage of passengers,” Eastern Railway spokesperson R N Mahapatra said here, reports PTI.

To clear the extra rush of passengers during ensuing Chhat festival, Eastern Railway would run one pair of double decker special train between Howrah and Dhanbad from October 23 to November 8, he said.

02385 Up Howrah-Dhanbad double decker Chhat Puja special would leave Howrah at 2.35 PM to reach Dhanbad at 6.50 PM the same day.

The corresponding down train (02386 Dn) would leave Dhanbad at 7.40 AM and reach Howrah at 12.00 Noon the same day, ER official said.

The double decker fully air conditioned train service, which had been commenced with much fanfare in 2011, had been discontinued in early 2015 owing to low patronage and other logistical problems.