Indian Railways conducts successful trial run of Chennai-Mysuru Vande Bharat Express | So Good News


Indian Railways’ Southern Railway(SR) zone conducted the trial run of the fifth rake of Vande Bharat Express on Monday from Dr MGR Chennai Central to Mysuru via KSR Bengaluru.

The trial run was conducted to familiarize the train operating crew with the working of the train set, route, signals and other safety parameters like Level Crossing Gates, block work etc. and also to familiarize the on-board staff with the interior of the train and various technical features of the train, reads a press release from Southern Railway.

Trial special train Vande Bharat left Dr MGR Chennai Central on Monday and reached Mysuru with halts at Katpadi and KSR Bengaluru. In the return direction, the trial run left from Mysuru Junction today and reached Dr MGR Chennai Central.

General Managers of South Western Railway and Southern Railway, Divisional Railway Managers of Chennai, Bangalore and Mysore Divisions, other senior officials and employees of Southern and South Western Railway were on trial run.

The Chennai-Mysore Vande Bharat Express train will be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 11, the first such indigenously built high-speed train in the southern part of India and the country’s fifth.

The first Vande Bharat Express train was flagged off on 15 February 2019 on the New Delhi-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi route.

The new avatar of Vande Bharat high speed train i.e. Vande Bharat 2. Vande Bharat 2 is equipped with several advancements and improved features like 0 to 100 Kmpl speed in just 52 seconds, maximum speed up to 180 Kmph, less weight of 392 tonnes instead of 430 tons and WI-FI content on request. New Vande Bharat will also have 32-inch LCD TVs which were 24 inches in earlier version. 15 percent more energy-efficient ACs with dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor will make the journey more comfortable. Side seat seating offered to Executive Class passengers will now be made available to all classes.

In the new design of Vande Bharat Express, photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system is installed in the roof-mounted roof-mounted package unit (RMPU) for air purification. As recommended by the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO), Chandigarh, this system is designed and installed at both ends of the RMPU to filter and purify the air free of bacteria, germs, viruses etc. coming through fresh air and return air.

The Vande Bharat 2.0 trains have KAVACH (Train Collision Avoidance System) for increased safety in operations. Safety will be improved with four emergency windows added to each bus. There will be four platform side cameras including reversing cameras outside the bus instead of two previously. The new buses have Level-II safety integration certification for better train control. Vande Bharat 2.0 will also have better fire safety measures with aerosol based fire detection and suppression system in all electrical cubicles and toilets. There will be superior flood protection for suspended electrical equipment to withstand floods up to 650mm height compared to 400mm previously. The train will also have four emergency lights in each bus in the event of a power cut.

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