DELHI (Metro Rail News): There is great news for worshippers, you can go to Vaishno Devi taking the luxurious and fast Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi. The long-awaited trial of Train 18 would be done on the Delhi-Katra route likely by next month.
Train 18 is a big win for the government’s push for Make in India. It is a 100% ‘Make in India’ project implemented at ICF (Integral Coach Factory) in Chennai. Already Vande Bharat has gained massive popularity in the Delhi-Varanasi route and it is expected to grow as more and more cities get to experience this engineering marvel.
Delhi to Katra in 8 hours
Currently, it takes around 12 hours to go from Delhi to Katra and once Vande Bharat Express starts, it will take eight hours only. The Train 18 has been in Delhi for around a month which has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
Vande Bharat express expected timing- According to trial run, the train will depart from New Delhi at 6 am, reach Ambala at 8 am where it will stop for two minutes before leaving for Ludhiana where it will reach at 9:22 am. After a two-minute stop at the Ludhiana Station, it would then make way for Jammu Tawi and reach at 12:20 pm and before eventually terminating at Katra station at 2 pm, the train will pass through Sanehwal station without halting.
On its return journey, the train will depart from Katra at 3 pm, reach Jammu Tawi at 4.18 pm, stop at Ludhiana at 7.36 pm, reach Ambala at 8.56 pm and eventually reach New Delhi at 11 pm.
Train18 will run at 130 Kmph between New Delhi and Ludhiana. The stoppage at each of the three stations would be for two minutes before New Delhi.
Brand new Train18 currently runs between Delhi and Varanasi is India’s fastest train. The last station of Train 18 is Katra in the way of Vaishno Devi Temple. Three stations in the route Ambala, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi are the stations were Vande Bharat express will stop in route Vaishno Devi. There are multiple ways to cover the rest of eighteen kilometers journey from Katra Station to Vaishno Devi Temple.
Sources say that while the route of the train has not been finalised yet, the railways board is discussing routes like Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Chandigarh, and even Delhi-Katra, among other short distances. The railways are also ready with the design of Train19- the sleeper version of Train18.
The train Vande Bharat Express on the Delhi-Varanasi route has reduced the travel time between the two cities to eight hours. Train18 is operating at a reduced speed of 160km/hr due to lack of infrastructural support at railway crossings and selected railway stations on the Delhi-Varanasi route.
Train18 has already been credited for impeccable on-time arrival, great speed and highest average speed in the country.