Vande Bharat Express, the Fastest Train in India

Vande Bharat Express, India’s fastest train, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15, 2019. Read more about the train here:

  • Vande Bharat Express is India’s first indigenously built engineless, semi-high speed train.
  • Initially known as Train 18, it is a successor to Shatabdi Express.
  • Vande Bharat Express is an air-conditioned luxury train and will take around eight hours to travel between Delhi and Varanasi (750 km). It will make stops at Kanpur and Prayagraj.
  • It is a self-propelled train which does not require engine.
  • Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph (Maximum speed of shatabdi express is 155 Kmph and takes 12-13 hours to cover the same distance). The train is capable of touching a maximum speed of 200 kmph.  When compared with Shatabdi Trains, the train will reduce travel time by 15%.
  • The Vande Bharat Express will operate on five days in a week, except on Monday and Thursday.
  • It has 14 Air Conditioned Coaches and 2 Executive Class Coaches.
  • The total seating capacity of the train is 1,128 passengers.
  • Other features of this train includes:
    • Automatic doors and footsteps
    • 360 Degree rotating seats
    • driving cabs at both ends
    • Dual mode, touch sensitive lights above the seat
    • Train speed indication on screen
    • GPS-based Passenger Information System
    • CCTV Cameras, Wi-Fi facilities
    • Bio-vacuum toilets 

  • Vande Bharat (Train 18) has undergone extensive trials under the supervision of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow.
  • The Vande Bharat Express was manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ initiative at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. It was completed within a time period of 18 months at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
  • From Delhi to Varanasi, an AC Chair car ticket will cost Rs. 1760, while the executive class coach will be Rs. 3310. The fares are inclusive of catering charges.
  • The Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the tendering process has started for 30 such trains.

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