New Delhi: Train 18, India’s first indigenously built engineless semi-high speed train, has been renamed as Vande Bharat Express, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.
The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. The journey between New Delhi and Varanasi will take approximately 8 hours making it 40-50% faster than the fastest train currently connecting these two cities.
The train set has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in the period of 18 months under ‘Make in India’ program. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the train soon.
Since the launch of Rajdhani trains, 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.
It can achieve high speeds (max speed of 160 kmph) due to faster acceleration & deceleration and will reduce journey time by 25% to 45%.
Vande Bharat Express incorporates many modern features which debut for the very first time on Indian Railways. It has been provided with ‘State of the Art’ passenger amenities like On-board wifi entertainment, GPS based passenger information system, CCTVs, bio-vacuum toilets, rotating chairs in executive class, etc. at par with global standards. It also has provision of Divyang-friendly facilities.
It will have 16 coaches with Chair Car type configuration with 2 Executive Class Chair Cars and 14 Chair Cars.
Further, it has intelligent braking system with power regeneration for better energy efficiency thereby making it cost, energy and environment efficient.