Neighbouring countries showing interest in Vande Bharat Express trains

The next-generation trains will have the latest train collision avoidance system (TCAS) known as Kavach.

Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): After the successful launch of the indigenously developed semi-high speed Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, India is looking to export the rakes to other nations, said two people in the know.

According to the sources, few countries in South Asia and Latin America have shown their interest, therefore RITES Ltd is planning to send at least one rake for testing in each of these markets with an aim to ignite interest which can convert into export orders.

“Neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal expressed interest for Train 18. Teams from these countries visited India to get a look and feel of the modern semi-fast trains. We will look to export once the domestic demand is reasonably met,” V. G. Suresh Kumar, director (projects) RITES, said.

According to Kumar, broad gauge railway networks can be used for exporting the trains to other countries as the initial production of the trains from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai will be for the broad gauge systems. “The product may be available in standard gauge at a later date to expand its scope for Western and Central Asian markets,” he added.

The next-generation trains will have the latest train collision avoidance system (TCAS) known as Kavach which will prevent signal passing in dangerous cases, unsafe situations arising due to over speed and train collisions in the station area as well as in the block section. The coaches will also be equipped with modern fire alarms, emergency light systems and emergency exit windows and aircraft like seating arrangements with reinforced exterior to minimise damages.

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