LUCKNOW: The high-end and much-hyped train Vande Bharat Express might be introduced for other, longer routes with sleeper coaches.
Now, the train might also get sleeper coaches for comfort of passengers. The first train set, rolled out in 2018, hence also called Train-18, was flagged off between Varanasi and New Delhi in February 2019. It has only chair cars and covers about 700km in one direction.
The research wing of Indian Railways, Lucknow-based RDSO, has reworked the specifications of the train for the new routes which are yet to be decided.
In a sleeper coach, load is not distributed equally as one side has more berths. When a high-speed train like Vande Bharat runs at full speed, it might tilt to one side. The load, therefore, has to be equally distributed in the underframe of the coach. This is why coaches will have to be designed.
The railway ministry has already ordered Integral Coach Factory to produce at least 45 new rakes of Vande Bharat.
“The train set with sleeper coaches may be called T-20, as was planned by railways initially,” said a source. The speed of the new train would remain the same.
T-18 is an engine-less, self-propelled train that crossed the 180 kmph mark during a trial run. RDSO had recommended 160kmph as the operational speed. T-18 is Indian Railways’s second high-profile, made-in-India, super-fast train after Mahamana Express, which was flagged off in January 2016 between Delhi and Varanasi.