On This Day in History: June 1, 1930: The famous Deccan Queen Express is introduced

On this day, June 1, in the year 1930, the Indian passenger train Deccan Queen (Deccan Queen Express) started its service between Mumbai and Pune. It was started as a weekend train during the British rule and was a medium for rich people of Bombay (now Mumbai) to attend horse racing at Pune race course. The train started its initial services from Kalyan to Pune on weekends but was soon converted to a daily service starting from Bombay Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus CSMT) to Pune Junction.

Deccan Queen is one of the longest running train service of Indian Railways to never run on steam power. It has been running using electric locomotives from the start and also used a diesel locomotives in case of original locomotive failure. The colour of the coaches has seen a lot of transformation. It changed from red colour to yellow to white and then to blue. Deccan Queen was India’s first superfast train. It was the first rain to have a ladies only coach and among first to feature a diner. It was also one of India’s first vestibuled trains.

At present, Deccan Queen is the fastest train service linking Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Pune Station. It has an average operating speed of 58 km/hr and a top speed of 105 km/hr. The train number 12123 runs from CSMT to Pune and departs from CSMT every day at 5:10 P.M. and reaches Pune Junction at 8:25 P.M. It has three stops at Karjat, Lonavala and Shivaji Nagar. The train number 12124 leaves Pune Junction every day at 7:15 A.M in the morning and reaches CSMT at 10:25 A.M. It halts on Lonavala and Dadar stations.

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