Vande Bharat Express completes 1 lakh running kilometers
The Train was flagged off on February 15 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its run from New Delhi to Varanasi. The high speed has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in the period of 18 months under the 'Make in India' initiative of PM Narendra Modi.
India's first engineless train, 'Vande Bharat Express', also known as ‘Train 18’, completed 1 lakh running kilometres without missing a single trip on May 16, 2019 in just three months time span.
The Train was flagged off on February 15, 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its run from New Delhi to Varanasi.
With this, the Vande Bharat Express will now soon replace Shatabdi Express trains as the fastest train of India.
The high speed has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in the period of 18 months under the 'Make in India' initiative of PM Narendra Modi.
Vande Bharat Express is the next major leap for Indian Railways in terms of speed and convenience. It is India's first semi-high speed train equipped with world class passenger amenities.
The Train was officially rolled out on October 29, 2018 by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani at the Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
Vande Bharat Express: Successor to Shatabdi Express
Train 18 or the Vande Bharat Express is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. Shatabdi was introduced in 1988 and is presently running on over 20 routes connecting metros with other important cities.
Vande Bharat Express reduces journey time
The Vande Bharat Express runs between Delhi and Varanasi at speed of 160 kmph. The scheduled commute between New Delhi and Varanasi takes approximately 8 hours, making it 40-50 percent faster than the fastest train currently connecting these two cities.
It reduces the journey time by 25 percent to 45 percent. It high speed of 160 kmph is achieved due to faster acceleration and deceleration.
Features of Vande Bharat Express
• Touted as the Next Generation Shatabdi Express, Vande Bharat Express is the first long-distance train without separate locomotive (engine) and is driven by a self-propulsion module.
• It is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph. It will cut travel time by 15 percent compared to the Shatabdi Express.
• The train has been developed by the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at an investment of nearly Rs 100 crore.
• It is fully air-conditioned train and is equipped with CCTV cameras.
• It has 16 coaches with Chair Car type configuration with 2 Executive Class Chair Cars and 14 Chair Cars.
• It has two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each and the trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.
• It has soft lighting, automatic doors, footsteps and GPS-based Passenger Information System.
• It has intelligent braking system with power regeneration for better energy efficiency thereby making it cost, energy and environment efficient.
• The footstep in a coach’s doorway slides outward when the train stops at a station enabling passengers to board or deboard safely with comfort.
• The train offers some features to enhance passenger comfort which include inter-connected fully sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, and modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems.
• It also has provision of Divyang-friendly facilities.
• It also features rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting, and disabled-friendly toilets.