Special trains for Katra, Varanasi to clear festival rush


In order to clear extra rush of passengers during the forthcoming festive season of Dussehra and Diwali, Northern Railway has decided to run 8 pairs of special trains to various places including Jammu, Katra, Varanasi and Ajmer, among others.

New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Premium Superfast Special tri-weekly, Varanasi-Delhi tri-weekly holiday special, and Anand Vihar-Udhampur tri-weekly express special train are being pressed into service from September 1, according to a release.

Besides, Delhi-Rohtak-Delhi (unreserved special), Jammu Tawi-Pathankot-Jammu Tawi DEMU (5 days a week), Saharanpur- Ambala-Saharanpur daily MEMU, Old Delhi-Moradabad-Old Delhi daily express, Ludhiana-Chandigarh-Ludhiana daily passenger, Ajmer-Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Ajmer, Bikaner-Haridwar-Bikaner weekly express and Sriganganagar-Jammu Tawi-Sriganganagar weekly express will be launched from next month.

New Delhi-Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Premium Superfast Special tri-weekly will make 33 trips in each direction from September 1 to November 15 this year. The train will depart from New Delhi station at 9.45 pm every Saturday, Monday and Thursday from September 1 to November 15 to reach Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra at 9 am the next day.

In the return direction the Katra-New Delhi Premium Superfast Special will depart from Katra at 7 pm every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday from September 2 to November 16 to reach New Delhi at 5.35 am the next day.

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Comprising of one AC 2 Tier, five AC 3 Tier, nine Sleeper Class coaches, besides two luggage vans, the train will stop at Ambala, Jammu and Udhampur stations.