In India, a double-decker train has just gone into service. It is part of an?
GV: Victoria terminal, Bombay.
GV: New locomotive.
SV & CU: Poster on side of train. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Passengers getting onto train. (2 SHOTS)
SV INT: Passengers walking upstairs and sitting down.
SV PAN FROM: Woman seated downstairs TO passengers upstairs.
SV: Man drinking water from container.
CU PAN: Ventilation system.
GV: Passengers seated.
SV TILT DOWN FROM: Passengers looking out of top windows to passengers on lower-level.
SV: Train moves out of station and people on board wave. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In India, a double-decker train has just gone into service. It is part of an attempt by railway authorities to cope with the rapid growth in India of passenger traffic.
SYNOPSIS: This is Bombay's Victoria Terminus. It was from here that the double-decker train known as the Sinhagad Express, left on Wednesday, (12 April) on the first scheduled journey 118 miles (192 kilometres) to Poona.
The train is made up of nine double-decker coaches. Each can carry 148 passengers, almost double the number that is carried in conventional carriages. The prototype double-decker coach, designed and built in India, underwent extensive service trials before full scale production started.
Drinking water containers are one of the several special features like the improved ventilation system, that have been designed into the new coaches. The coaches haven't space for heavy luggage so two baggage vans have been added to cater for this.
On board the express when it pulled out of the station for the four hour inter-city journey, were one thousand four hundred passengers. That is an increase of 56 percent on the old train which used to run this route. And it is this kind of increase in passenger capacity that the Railway authorities in India hope will ease the over-crowding that has increased enormously over the past few years.