CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has launched a fresh Vande Bharat Express with a unique orange-gray color theme. This marks the 31st Vande Bharat Express produced by ICF, a significant milestone.
Recently, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had visited the factory to inspect the under-construction orange-themed train.
Interestingly, ICF is stepping into new territory with this venture, experimenting with a unique orange-gray color theme. This debut will see the manufacturing of a single rake of the orange-gray Vande Bharat Express.
Though the exterior is undergoing a color transformation, the interiors of the Vande Bharat Express remain unaltered. Notably, the orange-gray train incorporates the 25 improvements introduced in the latest batch of Vande Bharat Express trains.
The 8-coach AC chair car train boasts upgraded safety features and passenger amenities, shaped by passenger feedback. Enhancements include a more comfortable reclining angle for seats, optimized cushion hardness, extended footrests for Executive Chair Car seats, and soothing blue color seats. Not to mention, practical adjustments like deeper washbasins in toilets to prevent water splashing and improved accessibility to under-seat mobile charging points.
Currently, Indian Railways operates 50 Vande Bharat Express train services on 25 routes, taking into account journeys in both directions. Excitingly, ICF is in the process of finalizing the interior design for a sleeper variant of the Vande Bharat Express, anticipated to outshine even the Rajdhani Express trains. This new and improved train is expected to be ready within this financial year, adding more dynamism to the railway network.