In a significant development, the first Vande Sadharan train has been rolled out from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
This state-of-the-art train promises to bring modern amenities and comforts to passengers traveling on India’s extensive railway network. Here are the key highlights:
LHB Coaches with Dual Locomotives
The Vande Sadharan train is equipped with Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches, known for their safety and comfort. What’s more, it boasts a sleek aerodynamic design that enhances its efficiency.
To ensure smooth and efficient movement, the train is powered by two Wap-5 locomotives, one at each end. This setup, known as the push-pull method, ensures train to move bothsides without engine reversals.
Composition and Capacity
The train is expected to accommodate a total of 1,800 passengers. It is expected to consist of 22 coaches, which will include both General and Sleeper class compartments. This commoner class ensures that passengers can choose the level of comfort that suits their travel needs.
One of the standout features of the Vande Sadharan train is its maximum speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour (kmph). This swiftness is expected to significantly reduce travel times on popular routes.
Mumbai to Be the First Stop!
The first Vande Sadharan service is slated to be introduced from Mumbai, marking a significant step in enhancing connectivity in this bustling metropolis. This move is expected to benefit countless commuters and travelers.
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Cost and Manufacturing
The production of these innovative trains is a substantial investment. Each Vande Sadharan train is manufactured at the ICF in Chennai, with an estimated cost of Rs 65 crore.
The rollout of the first Vande Sadharan train signals a new era in Indian railway travel, offering passengers a blend of speed, comfort, and modern design. This development is a promising step towards making train journeys more efficient and enjoyable for the commoner of India.