Vande Bharat Express
On January 19, India will unveil its 8th Vande Bharat Express, a semi-high speed train that can reach a top speed of 160km/hour in under 140 seconds, on the Secunderabad-Vijayawada route. The new train, known as Vande Bharat 2.0, will be faster than its predecessor and is expected to be extended to Visakhapatnam in February. The new train will make stops at Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, and Rajahmundry stations. This is the second Vande Bharat Express train to be launched in South India, the first being on the Chennai-Mysuru route.
The Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is a semi-high-speed intercity electric multiple unit (EMU) train developed and manufactured in Chennai, India by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF). It is India’s fastest train and was designed to replace the Shatabdi Express trains, which are currently the country’s fastest trains. The train is outfitted with cutting-edge amenities and technology, including Wi-Fi, a GPS-based passenger information system, and automatic doors, among other things.
To reduce wind drag and improve energy efficiency, the train has an aerodynamic nose and lightweight coaches. Furthermore, it was built with stainless steel coaches designed for 180 km/h with the potential to increase the speed to 200 km/h. It also has a bio-vacuum toilet system and other modern features such as automatic doors and a GPS-based passenger information system.
Vande Bharat Express has a top speed of 160 km/h and was designed to run on the Indian railway network with a focus on reducing travel time and increasing passenger comfort. It was the first train built under the Indian government’s Make in India initiative. The trains are used to replace the Shatabdi Express trains.
The launch of this new train will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Telangana. During his visit, the PM will also dedicate the Secunderabad-Mahabubnagar railway doubling line project, which is 85km long and costs Rs 1,410 crore, to the nation. He will also lay the foundation stone for various projects including the redevelopment/modernization of Secunderabad Railway Station at a cost of Rs 699 crore and a railway periodic overhauling workshop at Kazipet at a cost of Rs 521 crore.
The Vande Bharat Express route between Vijayawada and Secunderabad, as well as the train’s schedule, ticket price, and other details, are yet to be announced. The seven existing Vande Bharat Express trains are:
1: New Delhi – Varanasi Vande Bharat Express
2: New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (J&K) Vande Bharat Express
3: Gandhinagar and Mumbai Vande Bharat Express
4: New Delhi to Amb Andaura in Himachal Pradesh Vande Bharat Express
5: Chennai-Mysuru Vande Bharat Express 6: Nagpur-Bilaspur Vande Bharat Express
7: Howrah – New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express
The first Vande Bharat Express train was launched on February 15, 2019, between New Delhi and Varanasi, and it has taken almost three years for India to launch 8 such semi-high speed trains. Experts believe that it is unlikely the government will meet its August 2023 target of running 75 such trains, which are equipped with latest technologies.
Vande Bharat 2.0 is said to be lighter, weighing 392 tonnes compared to 430 tonnes for the previous version Vande Bharat Express. The trains are also equipped with larger 32-inch television screens and have Wi-Fi onboard.
Overall, the addition of this new Vande Bharat Express train is a significant development for India’s rail transportation system, as it not only increases the number of semi-high-speed trains in the country but also provides faster and more efficient travel for passengers.
Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is a semi-high-speed intercity electric multiple unit (EMU) train developed and manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, India. It is the fastest train in India and has been designed to replace the Shatabdi Express trains, which are currently the fastest trains in the country. The train is equipped with modern amenities and technology, such as Wi-Fi, GPS-based passenger information system, and automatic doors, among other features.
The train has been designed with an aerodynamic nose and lightweight coaches to reduce wind drag and improve energy efficiency. Additionally, it has been built with stainless steel coaches which have been designed for 180 km/h with a potential to increase the speed to 200 km/h. It also has been equipped with a bio-vacuum toilet system and other modern facilities like automatic doors and GPS-based passenger information system.
Vande Bharat Express is capable of running at a top speed of 160 km/h and has been designed to run on the Indian railway network with a focus on reducing travel time and increasing comfort for passengers. It was the first train built under the Make in India initiative of the Indian Government. The trains are being used as replacement of the Shatabdi Express trains.