Vande Bharat 2.0 loco pilot calls it his life's most memorable event

Here's what Satish Sarin, a loco pilot who operated the upgraded Vande Bharat 2.0 train to Ahmedabad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged it off from nearby Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Friday morning has to say about it.

Press Trust of India September 30, 2022 16:12:18 IST
Vande Bharat 2.0 loco pilot calls it his life's most memorable event

Vande Bharat 2.0

Mumbai: It was the “most memorable event” of his life, according to the loco pilot who drove the upgraded Vande Bharat 2.0 train to Ahmedabad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged it off from nearby Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Friday morning.

According to Satish Sarin, a loco pilot (rail slang for an electric traction train driver) assigned to Western Railway’s Ahmedabad division, the prime minister spoke with them both for a short period of time and learned about the various features of the cutting-edge train and the logistics of operating it.

“It was a brief interaction that lasted for three to four minutes, but it is the most memorable event of my life as the prime minister spoke with me,” Sarin, with 35 years of railway service behind him and the senior most loco pilot in WR’s Ahmedabad division, said.

Sarin, who has helmed prestigious superfast trains in the zone like the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, Tejas Express and Double-Decker express trains, said, “The PM first asked us our names and later interacted with us on the features of the train and aspects of piloting it.”

Sarin said he was told a few days ago he would be helming the train that would be flagged off by the PM, adding that he has taken centre-stage among his kin, including musician son Brijesh, due to this proud feat. The prime minister also interacted with other people on board the train as it travelled from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad.

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