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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!

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


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.


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.

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