The Vande Bharat express is all set to hit the tracks soon. On Sunday, Union Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter and gave a glance of the semi-high-speed train built under Make-in-India initiative. On February 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off Indiaâ€™s first engineless train from New Delhi Railway station,Â a senior official of the ministry told PTI. Train 18, which was recently named Vande Bharat Express by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
The Vande Bharat express became India's fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route. "The PM will flag off the train at 10 am on February 15 and there will be a function in which he will give a speech as well. It's a matter of great pride for us as this is the Railways' first indigenous train," the official said.
Itâ€™s a bird...Itâ€™s a plane...Watch Indiaâ€™s first semi-high speed train built under â€˜Make in Indiaâ€™ initiative, Vande Bharat Express zooming past at lightening speed. pic.twitter.com/KbbaojAdjOâ€” Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 10, 2019
What is Train 18?
# It is Indiaâ€™s first engineless train which has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
# It recently became India's fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route.
# It will replace Shatabdi trains and will run between Delhi and Varanasi.
# Recently, the Indian Railways has named Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. The train, which is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 km per hour, will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.
# The 16-coach train was made under the government's Make in India project. The fully air-conditioned train will stop at Kanpur and Allahabad and will have two executive chair cars.
# The gleaming, blue-nosed train comes fitted with amenities on a par with the best in the world - on-board Wi-Fi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.