Recently, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai manufactured the second rake of Vande Bharat Express. This time, the coach factory had removed several loopholes that were present on the first train. The new train is likely to be delivered to Delhi by the end of May.
Vande Bharat Express completes 1 lakh km journey mark! The country’s first indigenous semi-high speed engine-less train, Vande Bharat Express, has recently proved its technical excellence by completing the 1 lakh kilometres journey mark. Despite facing various challenges initially, not even a single operating service of this train has been cancelled so far. With this achievement, Indian Railways is now planning to manufacture more such rakes and run them on new routes across the country. Recently, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai manufactured the second rake of Vande Bharat Express. This time, the coach factory had removed several loopholes that were present on the first train. The new train is likely to be delivered to Delhi by the end of May.
A senior railway official told Financial Express Online that the second rake of Vande Bharat Express is also expected to be used on the Delhi-Varanasi route, to begin with. “The first Vande Bharat Express runs five times a week, with little time for maintenance. The second rake would help carry out maintenance work on the train set,” the official said. However, the expectation is that once the new government is sworn in, a new route may be announced for this new Vande Bharat Express rake.
Interestingly, several modifications and enhancements have been made in the new rake. In order to protect the train from stone pelting, the glass windows of the train have been coated with special entry-spelling film. Also, to reduce the effect of noise inside the coach, the horn of the train has been placed at a different spot. In the first Vande Bharat Express train, not much space was provided for the pantry area, however, sufficient space has been provided for the pantry in the new train. Moreover, the toilet doors in the new Vande Bharat Express will have hooks to hang coats.
The only issue that passengers may face in the new train, similar to that of the first Vande Bharat Express, is that the seats will continue to face reclining issues. According to railway officials, the seats have been kept relatively straightforward intentionally considering that the spine remains healthy by sitting straight for long distance journeys.
The first- Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express, manufactured under ‘Make in India’ initiative, was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the month of February, this year. The self-propelled train boasts many modern features such as European-style comfortable seats, aircraft-like diffused lighting, mini pantry, automatic temperature control system, rotating seats in the executive chair car coaches, modular bio-vacuum toilets, disabled-friendly toilets, wheelchair parking spaces and automatic doors with sliding footsteps.