New Vande Bharat Express Breaks Bullet Train Record; Check Maximum Speed & Other Features
Mumbai: The new ‘Vande Bharat’ Express may be a semi high-speed train, but it’s breaking records.
In the trial run of the third rake between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on Friday, Vande Bharat achieved the speed of 100 kmph in 52 seconds, breaking the record of the bullet train (54.6 secs).
Union Railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said it was a ‘proud moment’ for Indian Railways as the trial run of the third rake was completed with a green signal from the Railway Safety Commissioner.
Vaishnaw said the ministry’s focus was not just on production of trains but also maintaining the tracks for running high-speed trains.
“We have shown that a fully loaded water glass has not shaken at the speed of 180 kmph, but it shook the world,” said Vaishnaw.
Following the successful trial runs of Vande Bharat, serial production of 72 more trains will start soon, informed Vaishnaw.
“This indigenously prepared self-propelled train is equipped with superior amenities for enhanced passenger travel experience and advanced state-of-the-art safety features,” Western Railway tweeted.
Vande Bharat Features
Maximum speed – 3rd Vande Bharat train can travel at 180 kmph, go from 0-100 kmph in 52 seconds; maximum speed of first generation Vande Bharat trains is 160 kmph and reaches 0-100 kmph in 54.6 seconds
Facilities available – WIFI connection, 32-inch LCD TVs, energy-efficient ACs with dust-free clean air cooling
Air purification — Photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system to filter and make air free from germs, bacteria, viruses, etc
Seats – Side-reclining seat facility for all classes; earlier it was available for executive class passengers only
Other facilities — Automatic fire sensors, CCTV cameras, three-hour battery backup, GPS systems.