25 new Vande Bharat Express trains soon; next train to run between Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru

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Indian Railways hopes to roll out another 25 Vande Bharat train sets by the end of March 2023, a railway official told TOI. The new Vande Bharat Express trains or Vande Bharat 2.0 are expected to usher in an era of faster, safer and more comfortable rail travel for passengers.
According to the railway official, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has been set a target of 27 Vande Bharat Express train sets in the current financial year. Of these, two new Vande Bharat trains have already been flagged off between Gandhinagar-Mumbai and Amb Andaura-Delhi. Since its launch the Vande Bharat Express between Gandhinagar and Mumbai has been in news for several cattle runs, with the front cone being damaged each time.
The third Vande Bharat Express is currently being manufactured at ICF and is expected to be ready in a few days time. Recently the Railway Board Chairman & CEO VK Tripathi visited ICF to inspect the third rake of Vande Bharat 2.0. The new train will run between Chennai and Mysuru via Bengaluru.

New Vande Bharat Express train

New Vande Bharat Express train

Vande Bharat trains are air-conditioned chair car services – a more premium version of the Shatabdi Express. While Shatabdi trains are pulled by a locomotive, Vande Bharat is a self-propelled train set with a speed potential of 180 kmph. The approved operational speed of the Vande Bharat is 160 kmph.
The train boasts several firsts for Indian Railways; automatic doors with sliding footsteps, fully sealed gangways for easy movement between coaches, European-style seats, 180 degree rotating seats in the Executive class, aircraft-style diffused lights, individual reading lights, personalised AC vents, bullet train style driver cabin etc.

New Vande Bharat Express train

New Vande Bharat Express train

Indian Railways rolled out its first Vande Bharat Express prototypes, also called Train 18 after the year it was first manufactured, in 2019. The first two trains ply between Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra. The new Vande Bharat 2.0 introduced in 2022 is an improvement over the prototypes.

New Vande Bharat Express train

New Vande Bharat Express train

The improved versions have Kavach anti-train collision system, emergency windows in every coach, less time taken to achieve 160 kmph, better flood proofing, better air-conditioning control, bigger passenger information and infotainment screens, four platform side cameras, improved fire detection system, emergency lights etc.





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