Indian Rail Minister Plans “Mother Express”

Mother Express. Photo © Anto Akkara/ENI

The Indian Railways will introduce a new train “Mother Express” named after Mother Teresa to mark her birth centenary on 26th August.
Kolkata resident Federal Railway Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata, 2 August that, the Railways has decided to launch the new train after Mother Teresa to pay her tribute.
Miss Banerjee said, the coaches of the train will be painted in blue trade mark border as the sarees wore by Mother.
The train will touch 80 important destinations in the country.
The route of the train will be announced later Miss Banerjee added.
Wikipedia reports that the state-owned Indian Railways (IR) operates the country’s rail transport through the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India. It has the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest under one management, transporting over 20 million passengers and more than two million tonnes of freight daily. It is one of the world’s largest commercial or utility employers, with more than 1.6 million employees. The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country, covering 6,909 stations over a total route length of more than 63,327 kilometres (39,350 mi). The IR owns over 200,000 (freight) wagons, 50,000 coaches and 8,000 locomotives.
Railways were first introduced to India in 1853. By 1947, the year of India’s independence, there were forty-two rail systems. In 1951 the systems were nationalised as one unit, becoming one of the largest networks in the world. IR operates both long distance and suburban rail systems on a multi-gauge network of broadmetre and narrow gauges. It also owns locomotive and coach production facilities. Initially, the Indian railways were both designed and built by the British, during their colonial rule of the subcontinent from 1757 to 1947.

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