Deccan Queen Express on Pune-Mumbai route is India’s only passenger train with a dining car. The dining coach became operational on June 1, 1930, and provides cushioned seating for 32 passengers. While masala omelette and vegetable cutlets are popular, it also offers batata vada, kanda bhaji, misal paav etc.
Indian Railways is reportedly set to remove the dining car due to the rise in the number of passengers.
Milind Deouskar, Pune divisional railway manager (DRM), told HT,
“Currently, we have to dedicate an entire coach as the dining facility in the Deccan Queen. While other trains are jam-packed owing to the exponential increase in the passenger traffic, it becomes difficult for us to keep one coach especially for the dining car.”
One of the first ‘superfast trains’ in India, Deccan Queen has a top speed of 105 km/hr and was the first passenger train to have a Ladies Only coach.