Glass – Roofed Vistadome Tourist Trains : Indian Railway
Indian Railway introduced Vistadome trains to promote tourism through railway. These trains helps to connect different tourist destinations across the country. The modern features of this train is meant to give comfort and easiness to the travelers. Following are the details of Glass – Roofed trains/Vistadome train services by Indian Railway.
- Glass – Roofed Trains to Kashmir Valley soon
- Vistadome Trains : Visakhapatnam – Araku Valley
- Glass Ceiling Trains by Indian Railway
Glass – Roofed Trains to Kashmir Valley soon
Updates : 27.02.2018
From March 2018, the Northern Railways will start an all weather glass roof AC train to woo the tourists back to Jammu and Kashmir.
The trial run was held from Nowgam in Srinagar to Sadura in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The Mumbai – Goa line and the one at Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh are the other train routes boasting such Vistadome coaches.
The operational and commercial formalities for starting the 40 seat AC train are being worked out. The train with large glass windows, LED lights, toratable seats and other features, promises to give tourists an experienced to cherish. They will also enjoy a range of delicacies courtesy a catering system on the train.
The train will equipped with AC system in view of the weather in the valley. The cost of tickets, which will be available online and at railway countries is yet to be decide.
The railway should decide whether the train will ply on entire stretch of 112 km from Banihal to Baramulla. It is also to be decided whether the train will operate once or multiple times on a given day.
Updates : 30.06.2017
Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Kashmir valley, the Railways on Thursday announced a Vistadome train which would also serve the famous Kashmiri ‘Wazwan’ to the tourists. It helps the tourist to enjoy the beauty of the valley. Railway already planned to start Glass roofed trains across various parts of the country to promote tourism. Railway also decide to promote Kashmiri food and handicrafts as part of tourist promotion. The introduction of this new train help to increase tourism by virtue of railways.
Vistadome Trains : Visakhapatnam – Araku Valley
Updates : 17.04.2017
With cleanliness, world-class technology, quick responses, reduced grievances, agile booking facilities services with Indian Railways have touched a new high. Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience to the picturesque Araku valley in Visakhapatnam, the Railways introduced a see-through Vistadome coach on its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train, a famous Newspaper reported.
The specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach, claimed to be a first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways, has large glass windows and an observation lounge that offer passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley hill station.
A unique feature of this Rs 3.38 crore 40-seat coach is the double-wide reclining passenger seats that could be rotated 360 degrees for a better sightseeing experience. The coach also has a glass-domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors and a multi-tier luggage rack, a railway release said.
The tourists can now sit relaxed in their seats and get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri ghat section, Lambasingi, Borra caves and the tunnels along the route, from the Vistadome coach.
Only one coach has been attached to the train now on a trial basis, while one more will soon be added. After the launch, Prabhu said the Vistadome coach was being introduced for the first time in the country to promote tourism.
Glass Ceiling Trains by Indian Railway
Indian Railways is coming up with modern, state-of-the-art coaches which will have a glass ceiling. Each soon-to-be introduced coaches will also have an infotainment center that will make the journey more enjoyable, a famous Newspaper reported.
The basic objective behind such a project is to promote tourism and woo upscale tourists from both India and abroad.
The report added that the construction of the coaches, which started in 2015, are designed by the IRCTC, Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Perumbur.
The first such coach is all set to roll out this month (October) itself, Dham Ghaj Prasad, Group General Manager (Infrastructure), IRCTC was quoted saying.
Another three coaches will be rolled out in December this year, he added.
“The first coach will be tagged in a regular train in the Kashmir Valley while the other two will be part of some train careening through the picturesque Araku Valley (K K Line, Waltair station) on the South-Eastern Railway,” Manocha said.
Railways believe that introduction of trains with glass ceilings – already popular in western countries – will give a fillip to rail tourism in India.
Meanwhile, the Railways also plans to introduce trains having coaches with aerial view later.
A top Railways official said that the manufacturing cost of a single coach will come around Rs 4 crore and the coaches will be ultra luxurious with rotatable chairs to provide the passengers an aerial view through partly glass ceiling.