Spanning a distance of 528km, the Vadodara to Kota route covered by the Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express in six hours and 45 minutes is the longest non-stop train ride in India – until today.
For the first time on Saturday, the train – that starts in New Delhi and goes all the way to Kerala's capital – will stop at Ratlam, which is 258km from Vadodara, Gujarat.
As a result, the record will pass to the Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, which goes non-stop for 465km between New Delhi and Kota, taking 5 hours and 10 minutes.
Indian media outlet OnManorama reports the stop is aimed at benefiting passengers from Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and those travelling between Ratlam and New Delhi.
According to Guinness World Records, the longest non-stop train journey covered 1,421km from London to Cannes in May 2006. The Eurostar train was a special service to promote Tom Hanks's blockbuster The Da Vinci Code.
The longest train journey, meanwhile, covers 9,290km. The Trans-Siberian passes through 87 cities and 876 stations on its seven-day journey. It also hits two continents and eight time zones.
With all Trans-Siberian departures halted owing to the Russia-Ukraine war, The Canadian can be credited with making the longest train journey, going from Toronto to Vancouver – over a distance of 4,466km – in four nights.