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Vande Bharat Express completes trial run from New Delhi to Katra

The Northern Railway zone of Indian Railway successfully conducted trial run of Vande Bharat Express, known to be India’s fastest train. The trial run was conducted from New Delhi to Katra small town in Jammu and Kashmir.

About Vande Bharat Express

It is also known as Train 18. It can run at a speed of 160 km per hour.

Besides being indigenous and fully automatic train, it is also one of the best and premium trains in India.

Developed by: It is designed and developed by Chennai-based Railways Production unit Integral Coach Factory in a time of just 18 months which also included in-house design, manufacture, computer modelling and working.


It has a GPS-based audio-visual passenger information system, pantry, on board hotspot Wi-Fi facility for entertainment purposes, and bio-vacuum toilets.

It has also been equipped with improved seating, a facility for freezer, hot case and other technical improvements based on passenger feedback.

2nd Vande Bharat Express is proposed to run three days a week i.e. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Trial Run:

In February 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off train’s maiden run from New Delhi to Varanasi. Later in early July 2019 Vande Bharat’s 2nd trial run was successfully completed conducted between New Delhi Railway Station and Kanpur Central Railway station.

As per the trial run results Train 18 is better than Shatabdi Express as it has travel classes like Shatabdi trains, but with better facilities in a bid to provide a new travel experience to passengers.

After successful Confirmatory Oscillograph Car Runs (COCR) trial of new Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-Katra route, it is expected that train might soon extend its service to Vaishno Devi.

Vande Bharat Express

India’s fastest indigenous train, Train 18 named as Vande Bharat Express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi. Train 18 is an indigenously developed world-class train under Make in India. The 16-coach train has been built completely in India by Indian engineers in a span of 18 months at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.

Features of the Vande Bharat Express

Vande Bharat Express is the energy efficient and the first locomotive-less train in the country and will be fully air-conditioned.  These trains run on electric traction like Metro trains and will start replacing the Shatabdi Express fleet from next year.

The fares in these world-class trains are 40-50 per cent higher than the Shatabdi Express. The train will cover 755 km distance in eight hours with stoppages at Kanpur and Prayagraj. It would be the fastest train on the route.

The new train provides number of features to enhance passenger comfort which include inter-connected fully sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based passenger information system, modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems, rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting and disabled-friendly toil.