In view of the ongoing festive season that would commence with Dipawali and continue till Christmas in December, Western Railways on Saturday announced that it will launch 13 special trains to beat the rush.

These special festival trains would run from the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat and head for 120 destinations including Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

These 13 new trains will be in the special and weekly category and would cater to people travelling to their native states from cities such as Mumbai, Bandra, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara, informed a spokesperson of Western Railways adding, “To clear the extra rush in regular trains during forthcoming Diwali and Christmas celebrations and to ensure better convenience to the passengers, Western Railways has decided to start 13 special trains.”

“The booking for trains will open in phases on October 9 and 10 and it will be available on all stations and IRCTC websites,” added the spokesperson.

Among the 13 trains is Train no. 09021/09022 Bandra-Jammu Tawi Superfast AC special train, which will run on a weekly basis on every Monday.

Train no. 09021/09022 Bandra-Jammu Tawi Superfast AC special train will make 22 trips minimum between Bandra in Maharashtra and Jammu Tawi in Jammu and Kashmir. It will only comprise of first AC, second AC and third AC coaches and run from October 16, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

Train no. 09027/09028 Bandra-Palitana Superfast special train will run from Bandra every Wednesday and reach Palitana in Jamnagar. The train will run from October 17, 2019 to January 2, 2020.

Train no. 82943 Bandra-Gandhidham Superfast Suvidha special train will depart from Bandra on October 26, November 2, December 21, and December 28 2019 from Bandra to Gandhidham.

The Western Railways has added two more weekly superfast trains between Bandra and Gandhidham; Trains 09043 and 09044.

Udhna-Chhapra Suvidha special train 82911 will connect Udhna in Surat to Chhapra in Bihar on every Tuesday from October 20, 2019 to November 12, 2019. Udhna-Agra Cantt Superfast special train 09051/09052 will connect Surat to UP every Thursday from October 17 to November 14, 2019.