For the convenience of travellers and considering the long waiting lists, the Central Railway has decided to start two special weekly trains Puri – Sai Nagar Shirdi – Puri (08429/08430). These trains will run for 8 weeks and will take a halt in Nagpur, Wardha, and other stations.
Train 08429 Puri – Sai Nagar Shirdi will depart Puri at 12.00 hrs on every Wednesday from December 4 to December 25 and reach Sainagar Shirdi at 20.00 hrs next day. It will arrive in Nagpur (second day) at 08.10 and leave at 08.15.
08430 Weekly Special Shirdi-Puri will leave Sainagar Shirdi at 00.45 hrs on every Friday from December 6 to 27 and reach Puri at 11.00 hrs next day.
The halts for trains would be at Khurda Road Jn., Bhubaneshwar, Naraj Marthapur, Dhenkanal, Talcher Road, Angul, Raikakhol, Sambalpur, Bargarh Road, Balangir, Titlagarh, Kantabanji, Khariar Road, Mahasamund, Raipur, Durg, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Shegaon, Bhusaval and Manmad. The composition: Four AC 3-Tiers, 9 sleeper class, 5 general second class Bookings for 08430 special train on special charges will open on December 4 onwards.
To curb and clear the rush of travellers during Christmas, another special weekly train will run to Pune-Nagpur-Pune and Nagpur-Rajkot-Nagpur route.
There will be six trips of Pune Nagpur-Pune weekly special with Train No 01287. It will leave Pune at 20.30 hrs on December 20, 27 & January 3 (every Friday) and will arrive in Nagpur at 14.30 hrs next day.
Train No 01288 Weekly Special will leave Nagpur at 16.00 hrs on December 22, 29 & January 5 (every Sunday) and reach Pune at 10.15 hrs next day.
The train will have halts at Ahmednagar, Belapur, Manmad, Bhusaval, Malkapur, Shegaon, Akola, Badnera, Dhamangaon and Wardha.
The composition of train: three AC 3 tier, 14 sleeper class and 6 general second class bogies. Rajkot Weekly: Another service is Nagpur-Rajkot-Nagpur weekly special with three trips in either direction.
Train No 01207 Weekly Special will leave Nagpur at 19.50 hrs on December 23, 30 & January 6 (every Monday) and reach Rajkot at 16.30 hrs the next day.
Train No 01208 Weekly Special will leave Rajkot at 22.00 hrs on December 24, 31 & January 7 (every Tuesday) and arrive in Nagpur at 22.15 hrs next day.
The train will have halts at Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Bhusaval, Jalgaon, Dharangaon, Amalner, Nandurbar, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad, Viramgam Jn and Surendranagar.
The composition: one AC- 2 tier, three AC 3 tier, 9 sleeper class and 2 general second class bogies.
Bookings of weekly special trains 01287/01288, 01207/01208 on special charges will open on January 8 at all PRS centres and on website www.irctc.co.in
General second class in these special trains will run as unreserved coaches and tickets can be booked through UTS system with normal charges applicable for super fast mail/express trains, said a railway release.