India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express successfully completed its test run from New Delhi to Katra in eight hours. The train can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. Vande Bharat Express has features like Wi-Fi, bio-vacuum toilets, hot case, freezer, and GPS-based passenger information system among other amenities, green footprints, this fully ‘Make in India’ which can save up to 30 percent of electrical energy.
About Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express known as Train 18 is an Indian semi-high speed intercity electric multiple units. It was designed and built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai under the Indian government’s Make in India initiative over a span of 18 months.
The train was launched on 15 February 2019 by which date a second unit will have been produced and readied for service. The service was named ‘Vande Bharat Express’ on 27 January 2019. The unit cost of the first rake was given as ₹100 crore (US$14 million)it is estimated to be 40% less costly than a similar train imported from Europe.
The train’s first trial run occurred on 29 October 2018 in Chennai, focusing on crew orientation and testing the train’s brakes with further testing scheduled to be done in Delhi on 7 November and later in Rajasthan.
Vande Bharat’s second trial run was successfully completed in Kanpur Central Railway station, earlier this month. The trial was conducted between New Delhi Railway Station and Kanpur Central.