PR No. 221 INAUGURATION OF NEW RAKES OF PAKISTAN EXPRESS TRAIN Islamabad: April 25, 2017 .
To fulfil its promise for better service delivery to its customers and passengers, Pakistan Railways has inducted new rake of Pakistan Express Train which is inaugurated by Federal Minister for Railways on 26.04.2017 at Rawalpindi Railway Station. The train will operate from Rawalpindi to Karachi via Faisalabad. Pakistan Express unites Sindh with Punjab.
It will start its journey from Rawalpindi with 11 coaches. Later on 8 coaches will be added in Faislabad. It will reach Karachi with total of 19 coaches. Its fare is very nominal .From Rawalpindi to Faislabad Rs 410 will be charged and from Rawalpindi to Karachi Rs 1400 will be charged Gojar Khan, Jehlum, Lala Musa ,Gujrat, Wazirabad, Hafizabad,Sangla Hill, Faislabad, Gojra,Toba Tek Singh,Shorkot Cantt, Khanewal , Multan,Lodhran,Bahawalpur,Dera Nawab Shah, Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan,Sadiqabad, Rohri ,Tandu Adam and Hyderabad are its approved stops.
Old coaches of all the rakes of Pakistan Express are being replaced with rehabilitated coaches to improve passenger facilitation. The old rakes were equipped with 110 Volts power supply which will now be switched to 220 Volts. This will further improve passenger comfort by providing un-interrupted power supply throughout the journey with a dedicated power plant.
The coaches of this train were mostly rehabilitated at Railways Carriage Factory, Islamabad five to seven years ago under the project of “Rehabilitation, Up-gradation and Conversion of 400 coaches”. The maintenance of these coaches has recently been carried out at Railways Carriage Shop, Moghalpura, Lahore for induction with this Train.
The rehabilitation work involves an overall cost of Rs.11.00 million per coach, against the cost of Rs. 80.00 million for a new coach. As such, the old passenger coaches are rehabilitated and made fit for another lease of 15 years life in only 14% of the cost of new coach. The amount spent on rehabilitation of a passenger coach is recovered within six months of its operation.