Indian Railways Hopes To Turn Rajahs’ Rail Coaches Into Restaurants, Restore Their Regal Past


Indian Railways Hopes To Turn Rajahs’ Rail Coaches Into Restaurants, Restore Their Regal Past

A “Maharaja-style” wine and dine experience in over 100-year-old, luxurious rail coaches could soon be a possibility — if the Indian Railways’ plans to lease out eight such surviving royal saloons to hotel chains or tour operators are actualised.

After decades of dithering — that has caused rampant destruction of these Burma teak wood coaches belonging to a storied past — the Indian Railways, on 21 December 2017, floated an Expression of Interest seeking proposals from private firms to refurbish the bogeys and operate them as restaurants on a revenue-sharing basis on a 25-year lease.

At a meeting organised on 9 January 2018, representatives of five of the country’s top catering chains besides an internationally known travel firm showed interest. Read More…

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