Surekha Yadav is the first woman train driver in India


Surekha Yadav entered the male bastion of train drivers. She joined the Indian Railways as a first lady loco pilot. She was selected by the Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai in 1987 and after rigorous training, she became a regular assistant driver in 1989.

Surekha first piloted goods trains and became a full-fledged goods train driver in 1998. Later in 2010, she became a train driver on the Western Ghats railway line. She drove an all women crew train from Mumbai to Lucknow in the year 2021 and has become the first woman to operate the semi-high-speed ”Vande Bharat Express” this year.
On seeing Surekha, many women were inspired to become train drivers and by 2011, 50 women locomotive drivers were inspired to join the ranks of suburban and goods train operators.
Surekha is the recipient of many awards and honours.


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