New upgraded Vande Bharat Express to hit the tracks for trial run soon!
New Delhi: The indigenously manufactured Vande Bharat Express’ second rake is sent to New Delhi from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. The rake is kept at Tughlaqabad station and once the trial runs are over, it will be run between New Delhi and Varanasi. Seeing the performance of the first Vande Bharat Express, the new rake has been upgraded to provide better facilities to the passengers.
As per senior railway official, the schedule of the present Vande Bharat Express is really tight which is why the new rake will be used as an additional rake on the same route. Before the train was sent to Delhi, railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted saying, “Another Make in India Success Story: The indigenously made Vande Bharat Express’ second rake is ready and is off to New Delhi from Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.”
The new rake is more spacious and in order to prevent damage from stone pelters, special shatter-proof glass has been used which will not break or get damaged by stones. The first Vande Bharat train was damaged multiple times due to collision with stray cattle and keeping that in mind, the new rake has been fitted with a cattleguard.
The coach factory will roll out three more Train 18 rakes in this financial year as opposed to the initial target of 10 rakes. As per media report, the third rake will be ready by October, the fourth by December and one more in February next year.
Worth mentioning here is that several other countries have been demanding to import Vande Bharat Coaches. However, a railway board member said recently that the demand for coaches from some Southeast Asian and South American countries will be considered after meeting the domestic need. As per the official, ICF is planning to roll out 40 Train 18 trainsets in the immediate future.