The Vande Bharat Express is one of the most prestigious and modern trains on the Indian Railways. It is classified as a semi-high-speed train and is India’s second fastest train after the Gatimaan Express. Shri Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, inaugurated Vande Bharat, also known as Train 18, in 2019.
The Vande Bharat Express has heralded a new era of low-cost semi-high-speed rail travel in India. Its aerodynamic design allows it to reach a top speed of 160 kmph in 140 seconds. Rapid acceleration and deceleration are facilitated by alternate coaches sourcing power, resulting in a 40-45% reduction in travel time when compared to existing express trains. Travel is made more comfortable by ergonomic design and passenger amenities such as bio-vacuum toilets, reclining seats, on-board wi-fi, digital entertainment and display systems, noise-free and dust-free cabins, and so on. Furthermore, with a KAVACH anti-collision system and improved fire and flood protection mechanisms, this train competes in terms of safety with your living room. 75 Vande Bharat 2.0 trains, produced by ICF Chennai railway station, will cover the country beginning in August. The train entered service on February 15, 2019.  Although a single rolling stock costs around 115 crore (US$14 million), it can be reduced if mass production begins.
According to Railway officials, the Vande Bharat Express currently averages 65 km on the Shirdi route and 70 kmph on the Solapur route. Train speeds will be increased following track strengthening, further reducing travel time per distance. If all safety requirements are met, the Vande Bharat trains can achieve speeds of up to 160 kmph.
The country currently has ten Vande Bhaarat routes.
The stations are New Delhi – Varanasi, New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra (J&K), Gandhinagar- Mumbai, New Delhi – Amb Andaura, Chennai-Mysuru, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Howrah – New Jalpaiguri Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam and the Shirdi and Solapur routes.
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Vande Bharat Express is without a doubt one of the most modern trains that India is proud to own. It is given an aeroplane look on the inside to match its upscale aesthetics. The rotatable seats on the Vande Bharat Express make travel even more convenient. The large windows on each coach make sightseeing a wonderful experience. Furthermore, the catering service on the Vande Bharat Train is excellent. Other notable features include automatic doors, smoke detectors, surveillance, an odour control system, bio vacuum toilets, and sensory taps, among others.
Finally, the Vande Bharat Trains have the potential to generate a plethora of spin-off opportunities. Modifying the coaches to accommodate dependable and time-tabled parcel services can energize the parcel business, increase revenues, and capitalise on the e-commerce boom. Furthermore, the Train-18 technology has an average cost of Rs. 6 crores per coach, which is one-quarter of the global average for similar designs. This presents an exciting export and currency earning opportunity for these train sets, particularly in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Train-18 technology can be used to supply rolling stock for upcoming metro projects in the United States, where many are built on the backbone of train-sets.