In a bid to give a more comfortable journey to passengers, the Indian Railways will be introducing the new avatar of the high-speed, indigenously built train Vande Bharat version 2.
Speaking to the media, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday said that the third set of the Vande Bharat train completed a trial run on Thursday. He said that the new train set will be more modern as compared to the two previous train sets.
Vaishnaw said that the new set of the Vande Bharat train will be lighter than the previous two train sets by 38 tonnes. He said that previous train sets weighed 430 tonnes, while the new train set is lighter and is only 392 tonnes in weight.
The Minister said that with the lighter weight of the new Vande Bharat train set, the train is now capable of achieving 0-100 speed in 52 seconds as compared to 54.6 seconds.
“It is notable that the maximum speed of the third Vande Bharat train is 180 kilometres per hour. It reached 0-100 kmph in 52 seconds as compared to the 55 seconds taken by the bullet train. The first generation Vande Bharat trains reach 0-100 kmph in 54.6 seconds and have a maximum speed of 160 kmph,” he said.
Vaishnaw also said that the new Vande Bharat train will have Wi-Fi content on demand and will come equipped with recliner seats in both executive and non-executive classes.
As per the railway ministry, the new Vande Bharat will also have 32-inch LCD TVs and the new version will have 15 per cent more energy-efficient ACs with dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor that will make the travel more comfortable.
The Minister further said that the new version of the train will have a better flood level of 640mm as compared to 400mm in the previous version of the train.
The Minister also said that in the new design of Vande Bharat Express, a “photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system” is installed in the roof-mounted RMPU for air purification.
As per the railway ministry, the new purification system has been recommended by the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO) in Chandigarh. This system is designed and installed on both ends of RMPU to filter and clean the air free from germs, bacteria and viruses coming through fresh air and return air.
Talking about train and track management, Vaishnaw said, “Our focus is not only to make trains. We are also working hard on a track management system to run semi-high or high-speed trains. During a trial run of Vande Bharat, we have already shown that a fully loaded water glass has not shaken at the speed of 180 kmph, but it has shaken the world.”
The Minister also said that after the successful completion of the trial run of Vande Bharat, serial production of the remaining 72 trains will start soon.