Indian Railways has decided to provide 500 hours of infotainment in the Southern India’s first premium train, the Chennai Egmore–Madurai Tejas Express.
Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways has decided that the passengers travelling in the Chennai–Madurai Tejas Express will now get access to 500 hours worth of entertainment right from their smartphones.
The premium train has been provided with a ‘MAGICBOX’ which lets passengers access to a bundle of pre-installed programmes and comes with movies, kids content, music and government schemes.
This was done based on passenger feedback who felt a premium train like Tejas Express should offer entertainment to enhance the joy of travelling, according to a statement issued by the Southern Railway.
The Chennai–Madurai Tejas Express coaches were initially provided with seat mounted infotainment system which was removed after complains from travellers about its frequent malfunctioning on the run and a railway board instruction to discontinue all seat mounted infotainment systems.
Railway administration also had to face problem in updating its software and content.
Wi-fi Entertainment box ‘MAGICBOX’ has content in regional languages for the multilingual passengers of Indian Railways.
Tejas Express which runs 6 days a week, except Thursday.
The train has a composition of 1 first AC executive chair car, 12 AC chair cars and two generator cum luggage vans totalling 15 coaches.
Tejas Express can touch a maximum speed of 160 km per hour and boasts of several modern features like swanky coaches and ergonomically designed seats.
Tejas Express on Chennai-Madurai route leaves Chennai Egmore at 06.00am and reaches Madurai at 12.30pm and on the return direction it would leave Madurai at 03.00pm and reach Chennai Egmore at 09.30pm.
The coaches of the fully air-conditioned train equipped with modern entertainment system, modular toilets, smart windows, GPS-based passenger information system among other features had been produced at the Integral Coach Factory(ICF) chennai.