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Devbrat Patnaik

After much wait, finally the Indian Railways on Tuesday in its new time-table announced that it is all set to introduce more of its niche trains such as Antyodaya Express, Uday Express and Tejas Express in the next 12 months.

According to the Railway Ministry's new Trains at a Glance (TAG), the railway publication, it includes the name of one new Antyodaya Express and two brand new Tejas Express trains. The new list also includes two new Uday Express trains.

Antyodaya Express has all unreserved and general coaches, while the Tejas Express is the country's first semi-high speed fully air-conditioned train. Uday Express has AC chair car and is a double-decker train.

The new time-table is set to be released on the occasion of Independence Day.

The Railways has so far introduced 23 Humsafar Express trains, 10 Antyodaya Express, one Tejas Express and one Uday Express.

The list of new Uday, Antyodaya and Tejas Express has now incorporated in the new TAG.

Trains having a maximum permissible speed of 110 km per hour (kmph) will be run at 105 kmph to reflect actual running time and improve punctuality of the trains. This will also result in change of arrival and departure timings of many trains.

"However, the Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Tejas, Gatimaan, Humsafar, Garibrath, Duronto; Antyodaya Express trains having MPS of 130 kmph have been charted at 130 kmph," it said.

The ministry also said that 2017-18, 57 number of conventional passenger services have been replaced by Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMUs) and Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMUs) thereby increasing the overall mobility of the system.

On Monday, Northern Railway announced the change in the timings of over 300 trains keeping in view the maintenance of the railway assets.

Indian Railways issues New Time Table to be effective from August 15

The Indian Railways on Monday announced a change in timings of more than 300 trains in its northern zone with effect from August 15 in view of the ongoing maintenance/repair of rail infrastructure.

A Northern Railway statement said that the departure timings of 57 trains have been advanced while that of 58 others have been delayed. The departure timings of 28 trains have been advanced by five minutes, while those of eight trains have been advanced by 10 minutes.

Timings of more than 300 trains will change in the new Northern Railway schedule which will come into effect from August 15, a statement from the zone read.

The departures of 57 trains have been preponed while 58 trains have been postponed in the new timetable. The arrivals of 102 trains have been preponed while 84 trains have been postponed.

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