Bullet train in India: Ever wondered what a ride inside India’s first bullet train would be like? What comforts would the executive class coaches offer? What would the economy class coaches look like? For its first bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, India has chosen the Japanese Shinkansen E5 series of high-speed trains. In Japan, the Shinkansen E5 series of trains have three types of coaches – Ordinary (Economy), Green Car (Executive Class) and Gran Class (First class). For India, however, Indian Railways has decided on Economy and Executive class car coaches. The Shinkansen E5 bullet train series comes under the East Japan Railway Company.
The economy class coach in E5 series has a 3+2 seating configuration. The executive class, on the other hand, has more comfortable cushioned seats with backrest. The executive class has a 2+2 seating configuration. According to Indian Railways, the bullet train for India will have rotating seats. “The bullet train will offer a comfortable and silent ride,” claims Indian Railways.
We at Financial Express Online bring you a 360 degree Google Street View of the three types of coaches that ply in the E5 series. This Google Street View has been made available by East Japan Railway Company on its website. So sit back, rotate the view, check out the comforts that they bullet train offers from all angles!
According to East Japan Railway Company, the interior and the exterior of the coaches may vary for India. Reports suggest that Japan will initially export 24 Shinkansen trains to India. The rest are expected to be manufactured here under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Earlier in the year, PTI had reported that Shinkansen bullet train for India will have two extra-spacious toilets for wheelchair-bound passengers, multi- purpose room for breast feeding and sick passengers, wall-mounted type urinals, baby toilet seats and western style toilets. India’s first bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will have 10 coaches in total. Later, Indian Railways plans to increase this to 16.
The seating capacity of the bullet train would be around 750 passengers and will later be increased to 1,250, once more coaches are added. Initially, 35 bullet trains will be operated. By 2053 this number is likely to go up to 105.
India’s first bullet train will cover a distance of 508 kilometres, with 12 stations in total, including Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The train, travelling at an operating speed of 320 kmph, will complete a journey between the two financial hubs (stopping at Surat and Vadodara) in just 2 hours and 7 minutes, as against the present 7 hours. However, if the bullet train stops at all stations (Mumbai, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati), it will take 2 hours and 58 minutes.