Central Railway authorities celebrate the Deccan Queens 93rd birthday!
Pune: The introduction of ‘'Deccan Queen' plying between the two premier cities of Maharashtra on June 1, 1930 was a major landmark in the history of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the forerunner of the Central Railway.
Today, the elegant Deccan Queen turned a proud 93 years old. To commemorate the historic occasion, a cake was cut and the train was decorated with flowers. After receiving her green signal, the train promptly left the station at 7.15am.
Dr. Neelam Gorhe, Legislative Council, Miss India fame Neha Hinge, an actress in Hindi and Tamil cinema and Harsha Shah, President, Railway Passengers Group, were present for the momentous celebrations.
Interestingly, this was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve two important cities of the region and was aptly named after Pune, which is also known as 'Queen of the Deccan'.
This train holds many records, including that of being India’s first superfast train, first long-distance electric-hauled train, first vestibule train, the first train to have a ‘women-only’ car, and the first train to feature a dining car.