Indian Railways to run 80 new special trains from today               

Railway Board Chairman says “clone trains” will be assigned for trains which have a long waiting list to accommodate more passengers

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The Railways is running the new trains after consulting state governments. Photo: PTI

The Indian Railways will run 80 new special trains from Saturday (September 12) in addition to the 230 trains which are already in operation, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said.

“Eighty new special trains or 40 pairs of trains will start operating from September 12. These will run in addition to the 230 trains already in operation,” Yadav who was recently appointed the first CEO of the Railway Board said.

He assured that when there is a demand for a particular train, which has a long waiting list, the Railways will run a “clone train” ahead of the actual train to accommodate more passengers.

Yadav said the decision on starting the new trains was taken in view of the travel of migrant workers who had returned home, back to their workplace.


“Many of these trains are running in the reverse direction of the Shramik Special trains. So, they (people) are leaving their homes and going to their workplace,” he said.

“We are monitoring the occupancy of trains and will run more trains as per demand. Among the 230 trains, the occupancy of 12 is very less. We are running them, but will reduce the number of coaches,” he said, adding that the average occupancy in the 230 trains is 80-85 per cent.

With the railways running the trains in consultation with the state governments, Yadav said more trains will be run whenever a request is placed, say for “exams and other such purposes”.