DELHI (Metro Rail News): Vande Bharat formerly known as Train 18, India’s first engine-less semi high-speed train, started its operation in mid-February and attained a great achievement. The train runs at a speed of 104 km/hour between Ghaziabad and Allahabad, which is termed to be the average highest speed in India.
The Vande Bharat Express was designed and built in Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai under the Government of India’s Make in India initiative over a span of 18 months.
Two of the center compartments are first class compartments that have 52 seats each and the rest being the coach compartments which have 78 seats. It has a driver cabin at both ends of the train. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off Vande Bharat train on February 15 from New Delhi railway station.
The high-speed train has the best amenities including high-speed onboard WiFi, GPS based passenger based information system, touch-free bio vacuum, LED lightings, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that automatically adjusts the temperature.
In May 2019, the indigenously-built Vande Bharat had completed one lakh kilometer run time without missing a single trip.
Till now the train has covered at least 1.35 lakh kilometer and is still counting. To make sure that the train runs at a high-speed, the Indian Railway has done major changes. The Indian Railway has awarded the loco-pilot of the train for maintaining peak speed.
It began its operation in February 2019. The train runs through three different zones- Northern railway, Northern-central railway, and North-eastern railway. The train covers more than 600 km from Gautam Buddh Nagar’s Chipyana Buzurg to Allahabad Junction.
Vande Bharat Express operates five days a week and it’s departure time from New Delhi is 6 a.m. and the train reaches Varanasi at 2 p.m.
The Railway Ministry has initiated many changes in the train. According to the experience of passengers, toilet facility has markedly improved from other trains, for providing better catering services the ministry is also planning to provide a pantry car for the train. Even window glasses have also changed to prevent it from stone-pelting instances.