25 May '17, 6am

Luxury Tejas Express sends India's notorious railways down a different track

Luxury Tejas Express sends India's notorious railways down a different track

India's passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new "luxury" service. The popular image of rail travel in the country of 1.2 billion people is of hundreds of people crammed into carriages, perching on roofs and hanging off the sides. But with its reclining seats and "in-rail" entertainment featuring Bollywood movies, the Tejas Express may be getting the country on a different track. Of course it is a far cry from the luxury train recently unveiled in Japan -- complete with Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug with roaring fire. But by Indian standards the new service, which also boasts wifi, a selection of games and audio channels and allows passengers to press a button to call attendants, is a hit. "It is like what airlines offer," said Adarsh Parsekar, who was on the in...

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