In its 93rd year, Central Railway’s most prestigious train, Deccan Queen, is getting an upgrade: it will run with modern LHB coaches sporting a new colour code and exterior design from June 22.
CR decided to switch to the Linke Hofman Busche coaches as they are safer and more comfortable than the conventional coaches, which are now being phased out. CR general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti, who inspected the new coaches at CSMT on Tuesday on the occasion of the Mumbai-Pune train’s 93rd anniversary, said: “This train is the only one of its kind on Indian Railways to have a restaurant car. This train will now run with LHB coaches from June 22. ”
The Deccan Queen with LHB coaches will have 4 AC chair cars, 8 second class chair cars, one vista dome coach, one AC dining car and one general second class coach.
Presently, the Deccan Queen has a unique livery of blue and white with a red band. The railways roped in the premier National Institute of Design to finalise a new design. After receiving feedback from passengers and stakeholders, NID selected the “Restrained imperium” design. It attempts to embody the imperium of the queen in a powerful yet understated form with hints of dynamic elements in a linear flow, embellished with details from our heritage, said a concept note from NID on the design.
On June 1, 1930, the Deccan Queen’s debut marked a major landmark for the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, CR’s forerunner. It was the first deluxe train introduced to serve the two important cities of the region and was aptly named ‘Queen of Deccan (Dakkhan ki Rani)’.