Asia’s 1st woman loco pilot who now operates Vande Bharat
The Vande Bharat Express is now being driven by Surekha Yadav, the first female locomotive pilot in Asia. From Solapur to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (CSMT) in Maharashtra, Yadav ran the Vande Bharat Express. Surekha Yadav, a native of Satara, Maharashtra, became the nation’s first female train driver in 1988.
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The Central Railway previously ran the famous Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen Express and CSMT-Kalyan ladies’ special local train with all-female crews in honour of International Women’s Day (8 March). Yadav was the Deccan Queen’s operator that day, while Sayali Sawardekar was his assistant loco pilot. As a group of six female travelling ticket examiners, commanded by chief ticket inspector Jiji John and Deepa Vaidya, aided and guided the passengers, Leena Francis handled the duties of the train manager (guard).
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