NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The ministry of railways on Tuesday announced it will deploy 20 pairs of ‘clone special trains’ from September 21, in addition to the 310 special trains operating currently. This is the first time when clone trains will be deployed on the railway’s network. The reservation for these trains will begin from September 19. This is the first time when clone trains will be deployed on the rail network. Earlier this month, the ministry had announced the deployment of ‘clone trains’ on routes where the occupancy is more depending on the waitlist for the trains.
The clone trains are based on the operation of special trains that are already running but with limited stoppages and faster transit time.
“Considering the huge demand for travel on specific routes, the Ministry of Railways has decided to run 20 pairs of Clone Special trains. These trains will run on notified timings and will be fully reserved trains. The stoppages shall be limited to operational halts,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The clone trains will be operationalized on the routes having high patronage and demand. Clone trains have not been operated by the Indian Railways in the past. The clone trains being proposed, are based on the patronization of already operating Special trains with limited stoppages and faster transit time. The clone trains will be primarily 3 AC trains and run ahead of the already operating Special trains,” it further said.