The Samjhauta Express – Pakistan And India Lahore to Delhi – by roothmens

The Samjhauta Express commonly called the Friendship Express, is a twice-weekly train – Tuesdays and Fridays – that runs between Delhi and Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan. The word samjhauta means “agreement”,”accord” and “compromise” in both Hindi and Urdu.
Until the reopening of the Thar Express, this was the only rail connection between the two countries. The train was started on 22 July 1976 following the Shimla Agreement and ran between Amritsar and Lahore, a distance of about 42 km. Following disturbances in Punjab in the late eighties, due to security reasons Indian Railways decided to terminate the service at Attari, where customs and immigration clearances take place. On 14 April 2000, in an agreement between Indian Railways and Pakistan Railways (PR), the distance was revised to cover just under three km.
It was a daily train when the service started, and changed to a bi-weekly schedule in 1994. Earlier the rakes were returned to the home country the same day but later in 2000 the rake remained overnight at that location.
Its termini are Lahore in Pakistan and Delhi in India. The border crossing takes place between Wagah in Pakistan and Attari in India. Originally, this was a through service with the same rake going all the way between the termini; later the Pakistani rake stopped at Attari at which point passengers had to change trains.
Now there is a train from Delhi to Attari where all passengers alight for customs and immigration. This train does not have any commercial stops between Delhi and Attari. It is incorrectly referred to as the Samjhauta Express and it is officially known as the Delhi-Attari or Attari-Delhi Express. The actual Samjhauta Express runs from Attari to Lahore, although the passengers are checked at Wagah, the first station on the Pakistani side. The train service was set up with an agreement between Indian Railways (IR) and Pakistan Railways (PR) to alternately use an Indian and a Pakistani rake and locomotive for the train, six months at a time.
The train usually has between four and eight coaches. The rake supplied by Pakistan is usually hauled by an Alco DL-543 class ALU20 diesel loco (Lahore shed), with the entire train in the standard dark green livery of PR.
The train’s first break of service was when it was discontinued on 1 January 2002 in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament on 13 December 2001. Service resumed on 15 January 2004. Service was also suspended following the 27 December 2007, assassination of Benazir Bhutto as a preventive measure to deny militants a “high-value target” that was of great symbolic importance to both India and Pakistan.


31 thoughts on “The Samjhauta Express – Pakistan And India Lahore to Delhi – by roothmens”

  1. Very nice documentary, except some unnecessary political
    Talks about 1984

  2. lala zar says:

    pakistan is peaceful country

  3. How many Sikh ppl remain in Pakistan?

  4. Great Work BBC and team, to show orgainal pic of both side. love you all . beekhan from pak.

  5. Every body welcomes my great India 🇮🇳👈👌

  6. My India is always great 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 jai hind

  7. Amazing bro what a documentary what I say a lot of thanks especially presentation

  8. Ye hi videos dalo hindi mai sem ye hi videos

  9. Nice documentary i hope she gt beautiful baby and young man gt speedy recovery "Aameen

  10. Sree Kumar says:

    Very emotional. Is there any difference between both the countries? Both the people? They have the same sentiments and and thoughts and emotions , I feel.. No further comments……..Thank you BBC.

  11. My Alma mater GC University at @5:55. This university has honor to produce 2 Nobel laureates. One before partition and one after partition.

  12. There is nothing different between common people…all are same

  13. Do ziddi bando ne lakiren kheenchi….sirf satta ke lalach ke liye..dilon ko toda..beda garkh ho.donon ka
    Hindustan aazad hoya
    Pakistan aabad hoya.
    Punjab barbad hoya😥😥😥😥

  14. These tears of joy are invaluable 🇮🇳❤🇵🇰

  15. Don't hate each other….. Spread love nd peace love frm India.

  16. Srinivas V says:

    Britishers wantedly not created correct borders at the time of partition

  17. This Samjota express is one train. Only Muslim from India go to Pakistan as there are no Hindu from Pakistan go to India. There are less then 1%%% Hindus in Pakistan and they re scared as hell of Islamic Pakistan.

  18. We have sheikh rasheed as railway minister in pakistan. Soon we will fibd pakistan railways in books only. Its heart breaking to look at its nose dive

  19. max kalada says:

    rupali was the best part

  20. max kalada says:

    beautiful…love the woman enchanting some religious verses at 38:58 (on her way to seeing baba guru)…keep coming guys…plsssssssss

  21. aankho me aasu aa gye yaar… human being

  22. Major purohit was terrerist behind samjota blast

  23. Dipu SINGH says:

    Why they fight.. Simple.. Pak army dont want to shed their control from pak.

  24. Zahid Ali says:

    Bhai india ghomne ka bht shok hai kaise jaon

  25. Roopali is such a sweetheart 🤎

  26. Please Visit India for better medical treatment …. Pakistan can be benifitted using Indian doctors.

  27. Love from Pakistan🇵🇰
    Ansu agy ye video dykh kr
    Love you India and all Indians
    Yar hm sb aik jasy han hmary culture khana bhasaha sb same han
    Love you india🇮🇳❤

  28. You have really done a great job thanks

  29. Human beings separated through politics and religions very sad.

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