Opening its doors to common man for the first time, IRCTC operated Railway Saloon Coach departed for its maiden tour to Katra. The privately-occupied coach which was earlier available for only top railway officials had six passengers on board when it pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station. The private coach was attached to the Jammu Mail train. The coach is equipped with amenities like two exclusive air-conditioned bedrooms with attached bath, a large living cum dining room, kitchenette and rear window for unobstructed views. IRCTC has even called it a 'moving house'. The privately-occupied saloon coach comes with valet service.
According to IRCTC, the cost of chartering this saloon coach is around Rs 2 lakh. The six customers were the first passengers to experience the grandeur of travelling in a saloon car, after the facility, which till now was primarily reserved for railway officials to reach places not connected by road or air, was opened to public, the IRCTC said.