The Indian Railways has recently started a Steam Express ride from Garhi Harsaru to Farukhnagar at just a cost of Rs 10 per ticket. Steam engine trains were stopped on Indian railway tracks around 25 years ago. It is the first time when a time-tabled weekly commercial steam-hauled train will run on tracks at a normal fare throughout the year.
IRCTC tweeted about it saying, “Witness a journey like never before on the Steam Express from Garhi Harsaru to Farukhnagar at a minimal price of Rs. 10 only! Bookings are open for this unique journey.”
Witness a journey like never before on the Steam Express from Garhi Harsaru to Farukhnagar at a minimal price of Rs. 10 only! Bookings are open for this unique journey. More details here: https://t.co/LqvA1nxW6Y pic.twitter.com/wHGcToIQXq
— IRCTC (@IRCTCofficial) November 19, 2018
You can check the timings of the train.
It is expected that the initiative will be an attraction for tourists and steam enthusiasts from all over the world. At present, the train is being hauled by a WP7200 AZAD, a broad gauge 1947, make steam locomotive as per the IRCTC tourism website. It was brought to India in the year 1947, which was also the year of independence, hence, the locomotive was named ‘AZAD’.
IRCTC’s official website states, “It is a great day in the history of Indian Railways that Heritage is being preserved and its display and ride is now open to the public at a normal fare of Rs. 10/- only.