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 reached Jammu Tawi Railway Station at around 12 noon, followed by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station at 2.04 pm. It successfully achieved its target by completing 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 travel time between the two cities.
Thereafter, the Vande Bharat Express train departed from Katra at 3 pm and would arrive at the national capital after a night halt at Ludhiana.
As per Chetan Taneja, Divisional Traffic Manager Jammu, “The train completed trial as it reached at Katra at 2.04 pm, while the scheduled time is 2 pm.”
“After the run, the technical team will observe its overall condition 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 next week.”
Earlier, the Railway Board had decided to run the indigenously built high-speed train between Delhi and Katra, the base for the Vaishno Devi shrine. The decision came after success of the New Delhi-Varanasi train that completed over 1.5 lakh running kms in 5 months.
Indian Railways’ gift to the devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi is expected to run from next month.
The train, capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph, will cut down the travel time between Delhi and Katra by over 5 hours.
The Vande Bharat Express has automatic doors with sliding footsteps which have centralised control like Metro trains. The semi-high speed train will serve food which is included in the price of the ticket itself. The user can also avail Wi-Fi access for infotainment and on mobile phones or tablets. The train also has GPS based advanced passenger information system which will update about the upcoming stations and information.