Staff ReporterSaturday, March 31, 2012 - Lahore—Pakistan Railways has introduced new rake of the state-of-the-art chinese coaches for (41 Up/ 42 Down) Karakoram Express on Friday. The new rake was inaugurated by PR Divisional Superintendent Javaid Anwar Boobak at the Lahore Railway Station.
Talking to the media after inauguration, the DS Lahore said almost all possible facilities had been provided in the train which were being supplied in trains operated by private sector. He said the new rake of the train was a part of overall rehabilitation of Pakistan Railways, adding the department had recently purchased 202 coaches from China from which the PR had received first batch of 55 brand new coaches.
He said other new coaches would be gradually inducted in trains. It is pertinent to inform that the Karakoram train consisted of 16 new coaches, including nine coaches of economy class, four of air-conditioned business class, one dining car, one power van and one luggage brake.
The train runs from Lahore to Karachi via Faisalabad and completes its distance in 18 hours and 25 minutes. As many as 729 passengers can travel by economy class while 216 passengers can travel by A/C class.
The DS said fare of the train would remain the same as it was being charged earlier and the speed would also be improved soon. PR Director Public Relations Hamidudin Razi, Chief Operating Superintendent Abid Mehmood, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) Liaqat Chughtai and Chief Commercial Manager (CCM) were also present.