Enjoy this view on your train journey on a Vistadome coach. Photo: Twitter.com/PiyushGoyal
There are some who prefer to get to places with a quick flight. Then there are those who take pleasure in slow travel, watching the scenes pass by as they stare out their train window. Indian Railways just made this much easier: trains that run along some of the country’s most scenic routes are set to get coaches with see-through glass roofs and giant windows. The Railways conducted a speed test of these newly designed “Vistadome” coaches on Tuesday.
Features of the new Vistadome coaches by Indian Railways
Besides being equipped with transparent roofs and enormous windows, these coaches come with 44 cushioned, reclining seats that can rotate up to 180 degrees.
Passengers can control the opalescence of the roof and windows electrically for when they would like some shut-eye. Each seat is also fitted with a charging socket below the armrest, an entertainment system with “content on demand” and free WiFi.
There’s an observatory lounge that features much larger windows. Plus, a special luggage area outside the passenger compartment will save people the trouble of hauling their bags onto the overhead racks. CCTV cameras will ensure that all baggage is safe.
A mini-pantry is open at all times for food and refreshment, in addition to the service area where there’s a hot case, microwave, coffee maker, bottle cooler and refrigerator at passengers’ disposal. A top-of-the-line modular toilet also has them covered.
Some of the routes where Indian Railways is expected to run Vistadome coaches are between Dadar and Madgaon, Araku Valley, Kashmir Valley, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Matheran Hill Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
These coaches were manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. As many as 10 of these are expected to be rolled out by 31 March, 2021.