In celebration of its 86th birthday on June 1, 2015, the iconic Deccan Queen which runs between Mumbai and Pune, will receive a fully renovated dining car.
The dining car, which offers table service for 32 passengers, has modern pantry facilities such as a microwave oven, deep freezer and toaster. Furnished with cushioned chairs and a carpet, the new dining car will be re-introduced on the Deccan Queen which was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities of Maharashtra.
The one-of-its-kind dining car was removed earlier in March and replaced with a normal pantry car.
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“After we replaced the dining car, frequent passengers of the train passionately recalled fond memories of the dining car and requested it to be reinstated,” said Narendra Patil, chief spokesperson for the Central Railway.
The dining car was rebuilt from an old first-class coach in the Mumbai railway workshop. The train, which was initially introduced with two rakes of seven coaches each, now runs with 17 coaches, including four AC chair cars, one dining car, 10 second class chair cars and two second class cum brake vans.
The face-lift of the train was done keeping in mind the increasing demands of passengers for improved comfort and facilities. The cream and oxford blue colored train has a total seating capacity of 1,417.