Vande Bharat Express ; India’s first semi-high speed train launched

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off India’s first Semi High Speed Train, ‘Vande Bharat Express’ on New Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi route from the New Delhi Railway Station. With maximum speed of 160 kmph, Vande Bharat Express or Train-18 offers travel classes like Shatabdi Train but with better facilities with a totally new travel experience to passengers.

Vande Bharat Express is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. Shatabdi was introduced in 1988 and is presently running on over 20 routes connecting metros with other important cities.

The Vande Bharat Express will cover the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in 8 hours at speed of 160 kmph and will run on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.

• Touted as the Next Generation Shatabdi Express, Vande Bharat Express is the first long-distance train without separate locomotive (engine) and is driven by a self-propulsion module.

• It is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph. It will cut travel time by 15 percent compared to the Shatabdi Express.

 The train has been developed by the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at an investment of nearly Rs 100 crore.

 It is fully air-conditioned train and is equipped with CCTV cameras.

• It has 16 coaches with Chair Car type configuration with 2 Executive Class Chair Cars and 14 Chair Cars.