New Delhi: The new engineless and semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express, also called ‘Train-18’ will begin with its maiden run from New Delhi to Shri Vaishno Devi Katra on October 3. The trial run was conducted on Saturday which saw its successful run in the designated route.
The time has been cut down from three hours as the people will reach Katra from New Delhi in just eight hours instead of its previous 11-12 hours. Even the people, travelling between the city and New Delhi, can reach the capital in three hours, saving an hour compared to the Shatabdi.
Station director Tarun Kumar said, “During its speed trial on the Delhi-Kota section, the train touched the mark of 180km/hour, but we have the permission to run the train at a maximum speed of 160km/hour only. However, on the Delhi-Katra route, it will run at a maximum a speed of 130km/hr.”
The entire train is automated and disabled friendly. The train comprises 16 coaches, including two driver cars, two executive chair car and 12 chair car coaches. All the coaches have separate toilets for physically challenged passengers with automatic door system.