Indian Railways’ Iconic Deccan Queen Completes 90 Years of Service

Deccan Queen started between two major cities of Pune and Mumbai on June 1, 1930. Named after Pune, which is also known as the “Queen of Deccan”, it was the first deluxe train to be introduced between these two cities.

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In 1966, the number of coaches increased from 7 to 12, providing extra accommodation. They were also redesigned so as to improve riding comfort and interior furnishings. Over the years, the coach number further increased, reaching the present 17.

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Special features of this train include:

1) The current colour scheme of the train is a mix of cream and oxford blue with a red band running at the window level.

2) All newly manufactured coaches in this train have been revamped to include air brakes.

3) The new coaches have helped achieve a total of 15% increase in the seating capacity of this train. The first class chair cars in the old rake have been replaced with new AC chair cars, while also providing an additional seating capacity of 65. Second class chair car capacity has also been increased to 120.

4) The dining car offers table services for 32 passengers and has facilities such as a microwave oven, deep freezer and toaster. It has also been fully furnished with cushioned chairs and new carpets.