India’s first semi-high speed train the Vande Bharat Express flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday 15-02-2019 from the New Delhi railway station.
The train will travel from Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes. This includes stoppage time of 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad where there will be special programmes.
The semi-high speed train the Vande Bharat Express, can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and has travel classes like the Shatabdi trains but with better facilities. It aims to provide a totally new travel experience to passengers.
It has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class. The total seating capacity is 1,128 passengers. All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, onboard hotspot WiFi for entertainment purposes and very comfortable seating.
All toilets are a bio-vacuum type. The lighting is dual mode, that is diffused for general illumination and personal for every seat. Every coach has a pantry facility to serve hot meals and, hot and cold beverages.
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