Indian Railways’ Punjab Mail completes 110 years in service. 5 factors about this iconic prepare


Indian Railways’ historic Punjab Mail takes 32 hrs and 35 minutes to cowl the 1,930 km between Mumbai and Firozpur Cantonment with 52 intermediate stops. The prepare is electrical hauled. Although passenger prepare providers have been suspended throughout the Covid-19 lockdown from March 22, 2020, progressively the providers have been reintroduced as particular trains after unlock from 1 Might 2020.

 Nevertheless, Punjab Mail particular started its journey with LHB coaches from 1 December. The prepare providers began with its common quantity from 15 November final 12 months.

Punjab Mail is over 16 years older than the extra glamorous Frontier Mail. Ballard Pier Mole station was really a hub for GIPR providers. The Punjab Mail, or Punjab Restricted as she was then known as, lastly steamed out on 1st June 1912. To start with, there have been the P & O steamers bringing within the mail, and the Officers of the Raj, together with their wives, on their first posting in Colonial India.

The steamer voyage between Southampton and Bombay lasted 13 days. Because the British officers held mixed tickets each for his or her voyage to Bombay, in addition to their inland journey by prepare to their place of posting, they’d, after disembarking, merely board one of many trains sure for both Madras, Calcutta or Delhi.

 

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An outdated pic of Punjab Mail

The Punjab Restricted used to run on mounted mail days from Bombay’s Ballard Pier Mole station all the best way to Peshawar, by way of the GIP route, protecting the space of two,496 km in about 47 hrs. The prepare comprised of six vehicles: three for passengers, and three for postal items and mail. The three passenger-carrying vehicles had a capability of 96 passengers solely.

Throughout the pre-partition interval, the Punjab Restricted was the quickest prepare in British India. The Punjab Restricted’s route ran over GIP monitor for the massive half, and handed via Itarsi, Agra, Delhi and Lahore, earlier than terminating at Peshawar Cantonment. The prepare began originating and terminating at Bombay VT (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai) from 1914. The prepare then loosely got here to be often called the Punjab Mail, somewhat than Punjab Restricted, and have become a each day service.

Third class vehicles began showing on the Punjab Mail by the mid Thirties. In 1914, the GIP route from Bombay to Delhi was some 1,541 km and the prepare coated it in 29 hrs half-hour. Within the early Nineteen Twenties, this transit time was additional decreased to 27 hrs 10 minutes. In 1972, the transit time was once more pushed as much as 29 hrs. In 2011, the Punjab Mail has as many as 55 intermediate stops. The Punjab Mail bought an air-conditioned automotive in 1945.

In 1968, the prepare was dieselized upto Jhansi, later prolonged from Jhansi until New Delhi, then by 1976, onwards until Firozpur. Within the late 1970/early1980s, WCAM/1 twin present locomotive to run the Punjab Mail on electrical traction proper upto Bhusaval, with the changeover from DC to AC traction at Igatpuri.

Presently, Punjab Mail has one AC First Class cum AC-2 Tier, Two AC-2 Tier, Six AC-3 Tier, 6 Sleeper Class, one pantry automotive, 5 normal second class coaches and one generator van.

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