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According to a report by news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), Indian Railways has a total of 336 saloon cars across railway zones, among them 62 are air-conditioned. The decision to make saloons available to people was taken soon after a meeting of Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani, with travel and trade associations in January this year.
Here are 5 things to know about Indian Railways saloon coaches:
IRCTC is operating first Railway Saloon Coach tour departed yesterday from Old Delhi Railway Station. It is like a moving house having two exclusive bedrooms with attached bath, a large living cum dining room, kitchenette and rear window for watching the spectacular views. pic.twitter.com/T49lOHM6Tp— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) March 31, 2018
1. Indian Railways saloon coaches were earlier available for only top railway officials. Officials used the facility to reach remote areas not connected by road or air, said IRCTC.
2. On the maiden journey, Indian Railways saloon coach had six passengers on board when it pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station.
4. The saloons can accommodate two families and are adequately built to facilitate stay for up to five days.
5. According to IRCTC, the cost of chartering this saloon coach is around Rs 2 lakh.