The modern indigenously designed and manufactured Vande Bharat Express trains is a reflection of the fast progress of the country on the development path.


-Prime Minister Narendra Modi

HISTORY

Coincidentally, the production of Train 18 was finished 18 months after it began. It was constructed for 97 crore rupees ($16 million in 2023) and used 80% locally produced materials.[20] After reaching a speed of 180 km/h during its test runs, Train 18 broke the record for the fastest EMU train in India. This speed was just 4 km/h slower than the previous best record for India, which was 184 km/h, set in 1997 by a WAP-5 Class locomotive. The name of Train 18 was changed to “Vande Bharat Express” in recognition of the fact that it was entirely constructed in India by Indian engineers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched off the first Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi on February 15, 2019, at the New Delhi railway station. The train connected Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi to the capital city, New Delhi, and it cut the current travel time along the route by 15%. The train ran from New Delhi to Varanasi via Kanpur and Prayagraj. The 762 kilometers (473 mi) between the two cities was covered during the 8-hour trip from New Delhi to Varanasi station. But on the way back from Varanasi, a cattle runover caused the train to crash. The train was said to have been stopped at Tundla JN. Railway Stn for more than an hour due to four cars of the train having an electrical problem and the brakes becoming locked.

Facilities

The Indian Railways-operated Vande Bharat Express has a number of outstanding amenities that improve the onboard experience for its passengers.

When boarding the Vande Bharat Express, passengers can choose between a Chair Car or an Executive Chair Car, both of which include seating configurations with rotating chairs similar to those found on airplanes for comfort and convenience. Additionally, the train has onboard catering, so passengers can eat while traveling. Passengers may take in India’s picturesque beauty while traveling thanks to the large windows in every carriage.

Serving the costumer with a smile

Additionally, the Vande Bharat Express makes sure that its passengers are amused and connected. For those who want to read or work, it provides onboard Wi-Fi, an infotainment system, as well as electrical outlets and reading lights. Incorporating elements like automatic doors, smoke alarms, CCTV cameras, an odor control system, bio-vacuum toilets, and sensor-based water taps, the train’s design also considers the safety and cleanliness of its passengers. Overhead racks provide plenty of space for luggage storage, while roller shades allow privacy and control over natural light.

List of Train as of July 2023

Sr. No.Train NameTrain NumberOriginating StationTerminal StationInauguration
1New Delhi – Varanasi Vande Bharat Express22435/22436New DelhiVaranasi Junction15 February 2019
2New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Vande Bharat Express22439/22440New DelhiShri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra3 October 2019
3Mumbai Central – Gandhinagar Capital Vande Bharat Express20901/20902Mumbai CentralGandhinagar Capital30 September 2022 
4New Delhi – Amb Andaura Vande Bharat Express22447/22448New DelhiAmb Andaura13 October 2022 
5MGR Chennai Central – Mysuru Vande Bharat Express20607/20608Chennai CentralMysore Junction11 November 2022 
6Bilaspur – Nagpur Vande Bharat Express20825/20826Bilaspur JunctionNagpur Junction11 December 2022[52][53] 
7Howrah – New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express22301/22302Howrah JunctionNew Jalpaiguri Junction30 December 2022 
8Visakhapatnam – Secunderabad Vande Bharat Express20833/20834Visakhapatnam JunctionSecunderabad Junction15 January 2023 
9Mumbai CSMT – Solapur Vande Bharat Express22225/22226Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusSolapur10 February 2023 
10Mumbai CSMT – Sainagar Shirdi Vande Bharat Express22223/22224Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusSainagar Shirdi10 February 2023 
11Rani Kamalapati (Habibganj) – Hazrat Nizamuddin Vande Bharat Express20171/20172Habibganj (Rani Kamalapati)Hazrat Nizamuddin1 April 2023 
12Secunderabad – Tirupati Vande Bharat Express20701/20702Secunderabad JunctionTirupati8 April 2023. 
13MGR Chennai Central – Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express20643/20644Chennai CentralCoimbatore Junction8 April 2023 
14Delhi Cantonment – Ajmer Vande Bharat Express20977/20978Delhi CantonmentAjmer Junction12 April 2023 
15Kasaragod – Thiruvananthapuram Vande Bharat Express20633/20634KasaragodThiruvananthapuram Central25 April 2023 
16Howrah – Puri Vande Bharat Express22895/22896Howrah JunctionPuri18 May 2023 
17Anand Vihar Terminal – Dehradun Vande Bharat Express22457/22458Anand Vihar TerminalDehradun Terminal25 May 2023 
18New Jalpaiguri – Guwahati Vande Bharat Express22227/22228New Jalpaiguri JunctionGuwahati29 May 2023 
19Mumbai CSMT – Madgaon Vande Bharat Express22229/22230Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusMadgaon Junction27 June 2023
20Patna – Ranchi Vande Bharat Express22349/22350Patna JunctionRanchi Junction27 June 2023 
21KSR Bengaluru – Dharwad Vande Bharat Express20661/20662Bangalore CityDharwad27 June 2023 
22Rani Kamalapati (Habibganj) – Jabalpur Vande Bharat Express20173/20174Habibganj (Rani Kamalapati)Jabalpur Junction27 June 2023 
23Indore – Bhopal Vande Bharat Express20911/20912Indore JunctionBhopal Junction27 June 2023 
24Jodhpur – Sabarmati (Ahmedabad) Vande Bharat Express12461/12462Jodhpur JunctionSabarmati Junction7 July 2023 
25Gorakhpur – Lucknow Charbagh Vande Bharat Express22549/22550Gorakhpur JunctionLucknow Charbagh7 July 2023 
Reference- Indianrailways

Proposed route for the Vande Bharat Express

1.     Secunderabad – Bangalore
2.     Secunderabad – Pune
3.     Secunderabad – Bhubaneswar
4.     Gwalior – Indore
5.     Nagpur – Secunderabad
6.     Nagpur – Bhopal 
7.     Delhi – Kota
8.     Delhi – Bikaner
9.     Delhi – Lucknow
10.   Chitrakoot – Prayagraj – Lucknow
11.   Ahmedabad – Okha
12.   Ahmedabad – Bhopal
13.   Ahmedabad – Jaipur
14.   Gorakhpur – Prayagraj
15.   Howrah – Jamshedpur – Ranchi
16. Howrah – Patna
17. Howrah – Bokaro Steel City
18.  Howrah – Varanasi
19. Patna – Deoghar
20. Bangalore – Coimbatore
21. Bangalore – Tirupati
22. Bhopal – Khajuraho
23.  Ernakulam – Mangalore
24..  Kathgodam – Lucknow
25.  Chennai Central – Secunderabad
26.  Chennai Central – Vijayawada
27.  Chennai Egmore – Kanyakumari
28.  Visakhapatnam – Tirupati
29.  Visakhapatnam – Bhubaneswar
30.  Visakhapatnam – Shalimar
31.  Jammu – Srinagar
32.  Jaipur – Agra – Kanpur
33.  Jaipur – Indore 
34.  Udaipur – Jaipur
35.  Tirupati – Chennai – Pondicherry
36.  Prayagraj – Saharanpur
37.  Rewa – Jabalpur – Indore
38. Ranchi – Varanasi 
39.  Mangalore – Margao 
40.  Raipur – Bhubaneswar 
41.  Ranchi – Deoghar
42.  Rourkela – Bhubaneswar – Puri
43. Chennai Egmore – Tirunelveli Junction
44. Ernakulam – Bangalore
45.  Mangalore – Mysore 

Non-AC Vandhe Sadharan

For long-distance travel, Indian Railways announced plans to build Non-AC Vandhe Sadharan with sleeper and ordinary coaches.

Speed Limitation

The Vande Bharat Express held a trial run with the train clocking a speed of 183 km/h (114 mph), but most Indian railway tracks are not capable of supporting a speed of 160 km/h (99 mph), so most of the Vande Bharat Express trains have a maximum permissible speed that is lower than 160 km/h. The maximum speed of the train is 160 km/h (99 mph). The Gatimaan Express and Hazrat Nizamuddin-Rani Kamalapati Vande Bharat Express are the fastest trains in India according to the maximum permitted speed, which is only 160 km/h (99 mph) on the Tughlakabad-Agra segment.

PM flags off inaugural run of Vande Bharat Express

FAQ’s

What makes the Vande Bharat train unique?

The vande Bharat Express differs from other trains in a number of ways. First of all, it is lighter and more energy-efficient due to its stainless steel construction. The train has a number of cutting-edge amenities, including automatic doors, bio-vacuum restrooms, and GPS-based passenger information systems.

Is Wi-Fi available at Vande Bharat?

Modern passenger conveniences including bio-vacuum restrooms, automatic doors, GPS-based passenger information systems, and onboard Wi-Fi are available on the Vande Bharat Train. The Vande Bharat Train’s carriages feature automated sliding doors for the first time in Indian Railways history.

Has Vande Bharat a television?

The train could accelerate to 160 km/h (99 mph) in 140 seconds, which is 5 seconds quicker than the train’s predecessor. A 32-inch television and Wi-Fi are included, and it is lighter than the previous model—weighing 392 tonnes as opposed to 430 tonnes.

Does the Vande Bharat Express offer free food?

Food worth Rs 350 would be given inside the train for a full-time rider. Despite the fact that the travel is the same length, the cost of food varies between the executive and chair carriages. Food will be given for a fee of Rs. 65 for the shortest distance traveled in AC chair carriages.

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