Like airlines, Railways to also vend goods on trains

Surat: The Railways have decided to offer goods for sale to passengers on trains. The passengers will be able to buy mobile covers, perfumes, earphones, purses, pen diary etc in their compartments.

The pilot project would be launched around Diwali and would cover premium trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. The Railways hope to earn extra income from this venture.

The related policy is being prepared by the Railway Board. Sources in the Railways said that guarantee would be given on goods sold on the trains. They said that premium high speed trains stop after long distances and that too for a couple of minutes. As such, the passengers hardly have time to get down and buy things from the stalls on platforms.

The project would be initially launched in trains operated by the Northern and Eastern Railway.