Vande Bharat Express Monday completed its first test run between Delhi-Jammu-Katra at record speed of 130 kilometers per hour.
On Monday, the train left Delhi station at 6 am and reachedJammu Tawi Railway Station at around 12 noon, followed by Shri Mata VaishnoDevi Katra Railway Station at 2.04 pm. It successfully achieved its target bycompleting the journey from Delhi to Katra in 8 hours.
The distance between Delhi and Katra is about 600 kms.Rajdhani Express is presently the fastest train that clocks 12-14 hours traveltime between the two cities.
Thereafter, the Vande Bharat Express train departed fromKatra at 3 pm and would arrive at the national capital after a night halt atLudhiana.
As per Chetan Taneja, Divisional Traffic Manager Jammu, "Thetrain completed trial as it reached at Katra at 2.04 pm, while the scheduledtime is 2 pm."
"After the run, the technical team will observe its overallcondition and moderate its speed or stoppage, if required," he said, adding,"If everything goes well, the hi-tech train would be added to fleet by nextweek."
Earlier, the Railway Board had decided to run theindigenously built high-speed train between Delhi and Katra, the base for theVaishno Devi shrine. The decision came after success of the New Delhi-Varanasitrain that completed over 1.5 lakh running kms in 5 months.
Indian Railways' gift to the devotees of Mata Vaishno Deviis expected to run from next month.
The train, capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph, willcut down the travel time between Delhi and Katra by over 5 hours.
The Vande Bharat Express has automatic doors with slidingfootsteps which have centralised control like Metro trains. The semi-high speedtrain will serve food which is included in the price of the ticket itself. Theuser can also avail Wi-Fi access for infotainment and on mobile phones ortablets. The train also has GPS based advanced passenger information systemwhich will update about the upcoming stations and information.