Friday, June 25, 2010

Special Train to Promote Common Wealth Games

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday flagged off a special exhibition train to promote the Commonwealth Games across India. The train on Friday reaches Amritsar where the Queen’s Baton Relay arrives from Pakistan.

The train has 14 coaches, including five dedicated to sports and Commonwealth Games and six to information technology, an official said.

One coach will be converted into a 100-foot-long traveling sports photo exhibition, curate by filmmaker Sunil Yash Kalra, who has donated rare pictures from his collection of over 5,000 photos.

The train will journey to 48 stations across the country. It will follow the Queen’s Baton in places with railway connectivity.

The train is painted with logos of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games and the Indian Railways. It will return to New Delhi by October 1, ahead of the October 3-14 mega event