The train was driven by a motor woman Surekha Yadav, who is Asia’s first woman train driver to drive the Deccan Queen from Pune to CST. All the women commuters who boarded the train were gifted a rose.

Mumbai: It was indeed a special day for women commuters and women railway staffers who boarded the ladies’ special train which left from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) at 6pm on Wednesday.

On account of International Women’s Day, the central railways ran a ladies’ special local train from CST to Panvel. A first of ride it was on this track. The train was boarded by all women-crew consisting of motor woman, guard, Ticket Checker and Railway Protection Force (RPF).

The train was also decorated with roses and all the women commuters who boarded the train were gifted a rose each by the central railway officials who were present on the platform. The train was driven by a motor woman Surekha Yadav, who is Asia’s first woman train driver to drive the Deccan Queen from Pune to CST.

“I feel proud to have been asked to pilot the train on the eve of women’s day. I have been appreciated by all my senior officials for my work and I hope to continue my work with full dedication in future too,” said Yadav.

All women commuters rushed towards the platform when they heard the announcement informing them of the ladies special train. “It feels special that a local train service has been planned by the railways only for us women commuters,” said Snehal Chorge, a daily commuter at CST station.

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