Surekha Yadav née Surekha Shankar Yadav (born 2 September 1965) is the first female train driver for the Indian Railways in India, and also in Asia.
She became India’s first female train driver in 1988. She drove the first “Ladies Special” local train for Central Railways when it was first introduced in the four metro cities by Mamata Banerjee the then Railway Minister, in April 2000.
A momentous event in her career was on 8 March 2011, on the International Women’s Day, when she became Asia’s first woman train driver to drive the Deccan Queen from Pune to CST, through difficult but scenic topography, where she was greeted by the then Mayor of Mumbai Shraddha Jadhav, at CST, the headquarter of Central Railway zone. It was Surekha’s dream-come-true as she drove one of the prestigious trains of the Central Railway, which carries the female of name; the Mumbai-Pune Railway Pravasi Sangh (association) strongly supported her to run this train. However, a commonly heard comment on her driving is that “Women don’t drive railway engines'”.
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