India’s technology boom is not just about digitising various government platforms. The new and improved rake for Train 18, titled Vande Bharat Express, is set to upgrade rail travel in India
Train travel in India will never be the same again. With the launch of the plush Train 18, or Vande Bharat, India’s first homegrown train, in February this year, rail journeys in the country are being revolutionised. Running at a speed said to be the fastest in the country, and boasting plush interiors and the most advanced safety features, this train is setting new benchmarks.
For the past few months, the first Vande Bharat train has been successfully plying the Delhi-Varanasi route, covering the distance of around 800 km in around nine hours. And after successful completion of trials, the second Vande Bharat Express is ready to be launched on the Delhi-Katra route, reducing the travel time by almost four hours.
The Vande Bharat express is an indigenously designed semi-high speed intercity electric (EMU), fashioned at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. The train has a proposed maximum speed of 200 km/hr and is set to attain speeds of upto 130 km/hr on the Delhi-Varanasi and the Delhi-Katra route.
A perfect example of the Make in India initiative, the Vande Bharat Express will feature improved washbasins, automatic doors, Wi-Fi and infotainment system among other contemporary features. The train also employs the new-age regenerative braking system, which allows it to use the energy for auxiliary purposes whenever required as it attains speeds upwards of 100 km/hr.
The Vande Bharat Express is aimed towards drastically reducing travel time across some of the busiest routes, while providing maximum comfort to passengers. On the new route to Katra in Jammu & Kashmir, the train will come as a blessing to the thousands of pilgrims, who travel to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine annually. The new rake will feature rotatable seats, increased leg room and more space for meal storage. With the introduction on the new route, Indian Railways is also planning to revamp train services across all major hubs in the country to give every journey a standardised experience.