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Like In-Flight Shopping? Now Railways Will Let You Do It On-Board Trains Too!

The Mumbai division of the Indian Railways has proposed that on-board shopping on trains be implemented in India.

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Do you often get bored while travelling by train, and have nothing to do once you have exhausted your options of online entertainment? Well, you can shop onboard during your journey, just like you do so in aircraft. The Mumbai division which falls under the umbrella of the Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways has proposed an onboard shopping service for long-distance train passengers, reports the Financial Express.

This is the second time the Railways has taken a leaf out of the aviation industry’s books to enhance the passenger experience. In May 2018, the national transporter had decided to roll out ‘combo meals’ consisting of two or three high-quality items, similar to the fare served on flights, and had implemented AI modules to monitor food quality.

As for the onboard shopping experience, it has been implemented by airlines for years now, where you can buy anything from a ball-point pen to a power-bank or even jewellery, choosing from the catalogue the flight attendants give you.

Three premium trains–the Konark Express, the Chennai Express and the Ernakulam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Duronto Express, have been selected for this project, and the shopping facility will be provided in the AC coaches of these trains.

A railway employee will come with a collapsible trolley containing the merchandise, as per the plan of the Mumbai division of the Railways. Image Credit: Puneet Sachdeva
A railway employee will come with a collapsible trolley containing the merchandise, as per the plan of the Mumbai division of the Railways. Image Credit: Puneet Sachdeva

Choose from gadgets like earphones, or cosmetic and beauty products, among other things when you travel on these trains.

According to a Central Railway official quoted in a report, a tender would be floated in the next few days. The official also mentioned that passengers could pay through cash or online transfer, for the articles they bought.

The official mentioned that it would be launched on a trial basis and spread to other trains, if successful. The report also quotes another railway official, who said that a collapsible trolley would be used for the purpose. The Railways is optimistic and hopes that the passengers enjoy and appreciate the initiative


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Well, if you happen to be travelling on any of the three trains that will run the trial, be sure to buy something off the trolley, and let us know what you thought!

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