Train 18, Vande Bharat Express, launch Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off the Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi railway station, and with this Indian Railways has created history! Train 18, or Vande Bharat Express, is India’s fastest engine-less train set, that attained speeds of over 180 kmph during its trials. Designed for a maximum operational speed of 160 kmph, the Vande Bharat Express offers a peek into the future of rail travel in India. The ‘Make in India’ semi-high speed train will run on the Delhi-Varanasi route, beginning commercial operations from February 17. The IRCTC booking for the new Vande Bharat Express have already opened.
The swanky new train will run between New Delhi Railway station and Varanasi for five days in a week except Monday and Thursday. The journey time in the semi-high speed Train 18 will be 8 hours from the national capital to the pilgrim town. While PM Modi flagged off the Train 18 and inspected Vande Bharat Express at the New Delhi Railway station today, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal boarded the self-propelled Train 18 for its inaugural run.
Train 18, which was later named Vande Bharat Express, has two stoppages. Vande Bharat Express will stop at Kanpur and Prayagraj (formerly known as Allahabad). The fares of Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express have been kept higher than the Indian Railways premium train Shatabdi Express. However, flexi fare rules won’t be applicable on Train 18 / Vande Bharat Express fares. Passengers travelling Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will get palatable dishes from high-end brands like Nescafe, Chaayos, Pind Balluchi and Landmark Hotel. Travellers will be served morning tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner and evening tea.