The Indian railways, considered to be one of the top five railway networks in the world, is changing track. Recently, IRCTC, a subsidiary of the Indian Railways began operating the New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express, thus marking a beginning of the mega proposal to introduce at least 150 trains as private services.
But this shift from the government-owned system is not a completely alien idea. Records show that ‘private’ trains/lines were in vogue for decades in a few sections, but are now withdrawn. Notable among them was the 190km long Shakuntala Railways, which operated between Yavatmal and Murtijapur in Maharashtra from 1910.
In Tamil Nadu, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) too had a private service for a brief period in 1992-1994 and 1997-2000. Read More
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