Surekha Yadav, Asia’s first female loco pilot, has added another feather to her cap by becoming the first woman to operate the recently introduced semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express train.
The Indian Railways is one of the world’s busiest and most dense railway networks. With lakhs of employees on its payroll, the Indian Railways is the world’s largest government employer. Among these are many train drivers, known as loco pilots, who are tasked with operating trains that transport millions of passengers each day. These loco pilots are mostly men, with only a few females working in this field. This gender stereotype, however, was broken in 1988 when Surekha Yadav became India’s first female train driver.
Vande Bharat – powered by Nari Shakti.
Smt. Surekha Yadav, the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express. pic.twitter.com/MqVjpgm4EO
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) March 13, 2023
Yadav, who is from Satara in western Maharashtra, has received numerous awards at the state and national levels for her achievements. Not only that, but Surekha Yadav is Asia’s first female loco pilot. Yadav has now added another feather to her cap by becoming the first female to operate the newly introduced semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express train, according to the Central Railway.
According to PTI, she will pilot the semi-high speed train between Solapur station and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) on March 13, 2023. The train left Solapur station on time on March 13 and arrived at CSMT five minutes early, according to a Central Railway release, adding that after a more than 450-kilometer journey, Yadav was honoured at platform number 8 at CSMT.
“Nari Shakti powers Vande Bharat. Smt. Surekha Yadav, the Vande Bharat Express’s first female loco pilot, “Ashwini Vaishnav, Minister of Railways, tweeted. “Yadav added another feather to Central Railway’s cap by becoming the first woman loco pilot of Vande Bharat Express,” said the Central Railway.