Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has recently announced that India’s first Vande Bharat sleeper trains will be on track within the next two months.

According to Vaishnaw, the ongoing work of the Vande Bharat sleeper train is going on in full swing and the first train will be on track within two months. 

"All technical works are in the last phase. The train set is manufactured by BEML Ltd at its rail unit in Bangalore. The much-awaited Vande Bharat Sleeper version will provide easy mobility to commuters and offer various comforts in the near future with global standards," said Vaishnaw.

The Minister further said that the Vande Bharat sleeper train body is made of high-grade austenitic stainless steel and includes crash-worthy elements integrated into the crash buffers and couplers.

"The body structure is crafted with high-grade Austenitic stainless steel, featuring crashworthy elements integrated into the crash buffers and couplers. Complying with stringent safety standards, all materials and aggregates in the trainset adhere to the Fire standard requirements as per EN45545 HL3 grade," said Vaishnaw.

"The Vande Bharat sleeper trains designed by BEML prioritize both aesthetic appeal and functionality in their interiors, sleeper berths, and exteriors. From the front nose cone to interior panels, seats and berths, interior lights, couplers, gangways and beyond, every element is meticulously designed to meet the exacting standards of the sleeper trainset," said the Minister.
Notably, designed for travel at speeds of up to 200 km/hr, the Vande Bharat sleeper train is envisioned to provide an alternative to the present Rajdhani Express for premium long-distance travel.

As per official sources, these trains will offer sleeper berths for overnight journeys. The train has best-in-class interiors with GFRP panels, automatic plug sliding passenger doors, a shower with hot water in 1st AC car, an ergonomically designed toilet system, special berths and toilets for specially-abled.

"Vande Bharat has become very popular across the country. Considering its success, the Ministry of Railways has now decided to introduce Vande Bharat trains with sleeper facilities. The train set has already been prepared and the Minister has announced that Vande Bharat sleeper trains will be rolled out soon. The train will have even better facilities than Rajdhani. It has many modern facilities like automatic doors, bio toilet and Wi-FI. The duration of the long journey in train will be reduced and the travellers will get many other facilities in Vande Bharat sleeper trains," said Angul-Sukunda Railway Division MD Dilip Samantray.

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