Vande Bharat Train’s trail run was successfully conducted between Mumbai and Ahmedabad last week. Vande Bharat took around 5 hours to cover a distance of around 490-km between the two towns.
The third Vande Bharat train, which completed its trials and is fit to be operated commercially, will zoom from 0-100 kmph in 52 seconds as compared to the earlier version which attained the same speed in 54.6 seconds, according to a PTI report.
“The trial run of Vande Bharat Express was conducted between Ahmedabad & Mumbai today. This indigenously prepared Self-propelled train is equipped with superior amenities for enhanced passenger travel experience & advanced state-of-the-art safety features,” the Western Railway said in a Tweet.
The trial run of Vande Bharat Express was conducted between Ahmedabad & Mumbai today.
This indigenously prepared Self-propelled train is equipped with superior amenities for enhanced passenger travel experience & advanced state-of-the-art safety features. @RailMinIndia pic.twitter.com/hdG9B8uNuI
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) September 9, 2022
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the weight of the new train has been reduced by 38 tonnes, which has contributed to its faster acceleration.
So, the new train would reach a speed of 160 kmph in 130 seconds, while the older version did so in 146 seconds.
The Railways’ target is to begin regular production of Vande Bharat trains from October and manufacture of two to three trains per month, to five to eight in the coming months.
The minister said that the train will also have wifi-enabled content on demand and will come equipped with 32-inch LCD TVs, an improvement on 24 inch in the earlier versions. The new Vande Bharat rake will be 15 per cent more energy efficient.
Side recliner seat facility which is being provided to Executive Class passengers, will now be made available for all classes.
A photo-catalytic ultraviolet air purification system is installed in the Roof Mounted Package Unit (RMPU) for air purification in the new design of the train.
As recommended by the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Chandigarh, this system is designed and installed on both ends of RMPU to filter and clear the air of germs, bacteria, virus, etc, a PTI report said.