Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s first engineless train Vande Bharat Express on February 15 from the New Delhi Railway station.
The train will be run on the Delhi-Varanasi route, via Kanpur and Prayagraj, connecting the Prime minister’s Lok Sabha seat to the Capital city.
The Vande Bharat is the first train that will run without the engine and it is going to replace Shatabdi Express.
Train 18, which was recently named Vande Bharat Express by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The coaches of the train have been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
The train’s regenerative brakes are also expected to allow a 30% savings in electricity costs as compared to its predecessor. The train will run at an operating speed of 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph) and the train will cut the journey time by 15 per cent as compared to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express.
The train will outpace the Shatabdi Express by 30 kilometres per hour (19 mph). Train 18 is propelled through electric traction, similar to metro and local trains.
Train 18’s exterior appearance has been likened to that of a bullet train with an aerodynamic driver cab. The train has 16 passenger cars, with a seating capacity of 1,128 passengers.
The train has two executive compartments with 52 seats and rests of the trailer compartment with 78 seats. The Vande Bharat Express is equipped with CCTV Camera.
The Vande Bharat express or train 18 became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 km during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route.
According to the official, “The PM will flag off the train at 10 am on February 15 and there will be a function in which he will give a speech as well. It’s a matter of great pride for us as this is the Railways’ first indigenous train.”
The train also has accessible toilet for disabled people.