A Railways official has indicated that the nation may witness the introduction of its inaugural Vande Bharat sleeper train as soon as March of the upcoming year. This development is part of the ambitious plans set by the Integral Coach Factory, which is diligently working toward a targeted rollout in the year 2024. This initiative is poised to bring about significant advancements in the country's railway infrastructure, offering passengers a new and comfortable travel experience.
Beyond the sleeper train endeavor, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) is actively engaged in the creation of a novel category of cost-effective trains known as the Vande Metro. This innovative transportation solution comprises a 12-coach train designed specifically for short-distance travel needs.
Present Vande Bharat Feature Seater Coaches
The existing Vande Bharat trains exclusively feature seater coaches, rendering them less suitable for overnight trips. The introduction of the new sleeper trains is anticipated to address this issue effectively, providing passengers with a comfortable and viable solution for overnight journeys.
Alok Kumar Misra, who serves as the General Manager (Mechanical) at RVNL, has revealed that the upcoming Vande Bharat sleeper trains are meticulously crafted for high-speed travel, aiming to achieve an impressive 160 kilometers per hour. These trains will feature a total of 16 bogies, comprising eleven AC 3-tier coaches, four AC 2-tier coaches, and one AC 1-tier coach. Additionally, the flexibility of expanding the number of coaches to 20 or 24 offers the railways the option to accommodate varying passenger demands and route requirements. This versatile design ensures an enhanced travel experience for passengers while maintaining efficiency and adaptability within the railway system.