Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory in Chennai has successfully completed the 180 kmph trial run of the new Vistadome tourist coaches, minister of railways Piyush Goyal said. Goyal shared pictures on Twitter of the luxurious coach, manufactured by the factory in Chennai.
“Ending the Year on a Great Note: Indian Railways’ successfully completed 180 kmph speed trial of new design Vistadome tourist coach. These coaches will make train journeys memorable for the passengers and give further boost to tourism,” Goyal wrote.
Mostly run on India’s tourist and scenic rail routes, the Vistadome coaches are made with see-through glass rooftops and wide windows that offer a panoramic view especially built for the indulgent sightseeing experience. Indian Railways has 13 Vistadome coaches that are currently operational in select routes in India, namely, Dadar and Madgaon, Araku Valley, Kashmir Valley, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Matheran Hill Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Along with observation windows at one end, the coaches are also fitted with controlled opalescence in glass roof lookout, rotatable seats, passenger information system, automatic sliding doors, a mini pantry and wide doors for persons with disabilities, according to the railways ministry. The cost of manufacturing a single Vistadome coach is approximately Rs 4 crore, according to a statement from the ministry in June.