Indian Railways is one of the principal mode of commuting for Indians and the government takes necessary steps to change or revamp existing trains and introduce new trains to different sectors ensuring that the common man has enhanced experiences of train travel. Gone are the days when Indian Railways was critiqued for its low hygiene, delay in schedule and poor maintenance. Following are some of the new trains that have been introduced and has successfully changed the concept of train travel in India. With advancement of technology, it has become easier to spot your train and know its exact location, get live updates about trains and enquire about delays. Whether you are an admirer of train travel or not, you surely must try some of the trains from the list to experience the transformation of the Indian Railways.
- Tejas Express: Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, Tejas Express is one of the most high-tech express trains plying between different destinations and has plans of future expansion. The train features individual LCD screen for each passenger, automatic doors, fire and smoke detection system, bio-vacuum toilets and tea and coffee vending machines. Sensor-equipped taps and hand dryer in toilets, digital destination boards and braille display along with improved aesthetics makes Tejas one of the desirable trains among train travellers.
- Humsafar Express: Launched in 2016, Humsafar Express is loaded with features like CCTV cameras, GPS, mobile and laptop charging points, tea-coffee vending machine, refrigerator to store home-cooked food and an oven to heat. From anti-graffiti vinyl coating on the interior to reading lights for each seat, Humsafar has baby seats in toilets thus making train travel more family friendly.
- Vistadome Coach Train: One of its kind in India, these trains have see-through roofs and large side windows that ensure passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding. Features such as mini pantry, mini fridge, automatic sliding compartment doors, multiple television screens, 360 degrees rotatable double-wide reclining seats and bio-vacuum toilets ensure that the passengers don’t just look forward to the destination but equally relish the journey. Giving you an experience of plying through the Swiss Alps, the train also has special observation lounges where passengers can get a breathtaking view of the Araku Valley.
- Gatimaan Express: Reported as India’s fastest train, the train has 8 AC Chair car coaches and 2 Executive chair car coaches. Apart from offering an assortment of snacks, the train has two set of menus for vegetarian and non-vegetarian passengers. The train is loaded with advanced safety features for the security and convenience of passengers such as automatic fire alarm, emergency braking system, hotspots for multimedia devices, etc. Though there are feeble chances of the train being late, however, you can always check where is your train from the NTES website.
- Train 18: Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high speed intercity electric multiple unit and is designed under the Indian government’s Make In India initiative. The train’s exterior comprises of aerodynamic narrowing at each ends of the train giving it an international look. The fully air-conditioned train has comfortable seats and interiors that boast of diffused lighting. Bio-vacuum toilets, automatic doors, spacious luggage space and disabled-friendly are some of the major features of Train 18. Other features from a technology and engineering perspective include underslung propulsion, improved energy efficiency and enhanced air ducting.
These feature-packed trains are much superior to their older counterparts in terms of safety, technology and service. Don’t forget to look into NTES site to spot your train and get exact details about arrival and departure timings and delays (if any). Most of them cover multiple routes and travel through scenic destinations. So be ready to hop on and embark on an adventurous journey!