Want to share with your friends too?

India
05 Sep 2017

Glass roof, LCDs, freezer: Central Railways gets first Vistadome coach

Indian Railways' ultra-luxurious Vistadome coaches

With the latest shipment from the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai, quality of trains in Central Railways has gone up a notch.

The new Vistadome coach is everything Indian Railway coaches are not: adorned with customizable glass roofs and big windows, it will also have automatic doors, 12 hanging LCDs and 40 push-back seats along with a fridge, oven and juicer-grinder.

Talk about luxury!

In context

Indian Railways' ultra-luxurious Vistadome coaches
This is the second such coach in Indian Railways

Details

This is the second such coach in Indian Railways

This is the second such coach in Indian Railways; the first, costing Rs. 3.38cr, runs on the 128-km Visakhapatnam-Araku Valley route.

Unique features were the reclining seats that could be rotated 360 degrees as well as the glass roof fitted with electrically-controlled opalescence, both for better sightseeing experience.

Former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said a similar coach would be introduced in the northeast soon.

Challenges

What went wrong with the previous initiative?

Despite the abundant luxury, the coach didn't garner much interest initially: tickets were priced steep at Rs. 665, and the Araku departure time of 4:10pm, just before dark, meant passengers couldn't enjoy the view either.

The new coach is stationed at Mumbai's Wadi Bunder for now; the route and fare hasn't been decided yet.

Railways has to ensure previous mistakes aren't repeated.

Ask NewsBytes
User Image

Next Timeline