Matheran toy train gets AC coach

Matheran toy train gets AC coach
The fare of the AC coach is Rs 415 per person (Picture Courtesy: Rajendra B. Aklekar)

In a first, and keeping with the times, Central Railway (CR) has introduced an air-conditioned coach in its iconic Matheran toy train from Saturday.

According to CR officials, the AC coach is being introduced to make the journey more comfortable for the passengers.

“It is for the first time, the Neral-Matheran train will have an AC coach,” a spokesperson of the CR said.

The coach will operate two services in a day between Neral and Matheran stations.

“It will provide much-needed relief to the tourists from the sweltering heat and make their journey more exciting,” he said.

The fare of this AC coach is Rs 415 per person, which includes basic fare, reservation charges and the GST, the official added. The tickets will be available only at booking counters.

The 111-year-old toy train, which was shut since May 2016 following derailments, had resumed full services in January this year.

The train is a big attraction for tourists visiting the picturesque Matheran hill station in neighbouring Raigad district. It covers a distance of 21 km, cutting a swathe through dense forest in the Western Ghats from Neral to Matheran.

It takes 280 turns during its journey.

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