Vande Bharat Sleeper Coach and Metro to Roll Out in 2024: Official Announcement!!

Vande Bharat Express, a flagship project of the ‘Make in India’ campaign, represents India’s pioneering effort in semi-high-speed trains. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) General Manager, BG Mallya, recently disclosed significant developments concerning Vande Bharat trains.

The introduction of a Vande Bharat sleeper train in March 2024 and the launch of the Vande Metro in January are expected to enhance India’s railway network.

The Vande Bharat Sleeper Train Launch

The sleeper train variant of Vande Bharat is poised to become a valuable addition to India’s railway system. It will offer passengers a comfortable overnight travel option for covering long distances. The ICF is diligently working on the first Vande Bharat sleeper train, set to be unveiled in March 2024.

The Vande Bharat Metro for Short-Distance Travel

In addition to the sleeper coach, the ICF is innovating a new train type called the Vande Metro. Designed for short-distance travel, this 12-coach train is set to make its debut in January. The Vande Metro is anticipated to serve as a convenient mode of transport for commuters travelling shorter distances.

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The First Non-AC Vande Bharat Train

Earlier reports indicated that India’s railways are gearing up to launch the first non-air-conditioned (AC) Vande Bharat train in October. This initiative aims to provide affordable travel options without compromising on speed or passenger comfort.

Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch will soon join the list of cities benefiting from Vande Bharat Express services. B G Mallya, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory says:

“We’ll be launching the sleeper version of the Vande within this financial year. We’ll also be launching the Vande Metro in this financial year. And we’ll be launching this train for non-air conditioned passengers, which is called a non-AC push-pull train, which will have 22 coaches and a locomotive. And that launch is going to happen before 31st October.”

About Vande Bharat Express

Vande Bharat Express, an embodiment of the ‘Make in India’ campaign, was introduced in 2019 as India’s first indigenous Semi High-Speed train series. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the inaugural train on February 15, 2019, which initially operated between New Delhi and Varanasi. These trains are manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Key Features of Vande Bharat Express

  •  Capable of reaching a maximum speed of 160 kmph.
  • Equipped with various travel classes, offering superior amenities compared to standard trains.
  • Designed to enhance passenger comfort and travel experience.

Vande Bharat Sleeper Coach Out in 2024

Future Expansion Plans

The Indian Railways has ambitious plans to introduce nine semi-high-speed Vande Bharat Express trains on multiple routes. Five out of these nine routes have already been designated for these innovative trains. The proposed routes include:

State Route
Madhya Pradesh Indore – Jaipur Vande Bharat Express
Rajasthan Jaipur – Udaipur Vande Bharat Express
Odisha Puri – Rourkela Vande Bharat Express
Bihar Patna – Howrah Vande Bharat Express
Rajasthan Jaipur – Chandigarh Vande Bharat Express

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Currently, there are 25 Vande Bharat Express trains operating on 50 different routes across India, marking a significant milestone in India’s railway modernization efforts.

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