The trial run of the second Vande Bharat Express, also known as ‘Train 18’, was successfully conducted on the New Delhi, Katra route on Monday, Times of India reported. According to Railway officials, the train departed from New Delhi at 6.00 in the morning and reached Katra at 2 pm the same day. Thereafter, the Vande Bharat Express train departed from Katra at 3 pm and arrived at the national capital at 11 pm, as per the report.
The new Vande Bharat Express train, which is capable of attaining a speed of 200 kmh, will prove a blessing for pilgrims travelling to Vaishno Devi temple as it will cut down the travelling time by over four hours. This route was identified by the Railway Board in order to capitalize on the high traffic volume, which sees a lot of footfall due to Vaishno Devi temple shrine.
The train is entirely air-conditioned and has been designed in the shape of a bullet train.
The distance between Delhi and Katra is about 655 kms. Currently, a superfast train like Rajdhani takes about 12 hours to reach Katra from Delhi.
The Vande Bharat Express train on the Delhi-Katra route will have three stops: Ambala, Ludhiana and Jammu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off the first Vande Bharat Express, which is running on the Delhi-Varanasi route, on 15 February 2019.
Following the recommendation from the railway officials the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has also made changes in the existing design of the train. In the new Vande Bharat Express train, there is more space to store meals for passengers. The ICF has also added a slew of modern features like adjustable seats, improved washbasins, automatic doors, WiFi and infotainment system among others.