India is the place where multiple cultures reside together, and the culture is all connected with the Indian railways. Indian railways are one of the biggest railways in the world. The Indian railways are not only working in India, they are also supporting nearby countries through their rail networks such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
It is Evident that Indian railways are not only making the country strong in transportation but also providing job opportunities to millions of skilled workers.
From Past to Present.
The history of trains goes back to the time of the Britishers when they came to India. They installed the railway system in India to carry the raw materials from the different parts of India. The Britishers established railways for the purpose of the export and import of goods. Before Independence, they used this railway system to fulfil their desires but after the Indian Independence, the railways played a vital role in the transportation system of India.
Additionally, Indians have bad memories with railways too during the partition of India and Pakistan. When Indians and Pakistani migrants were going back to their countries respectively. That was the darkest time for India and Pakistan because many families and relations broke due to this partition. We cannot erase that chapter of railways too but slowly everything is settling down.
After that event, The Indian railway was a new chapter of transportation in India. The Government of India gave space to the Indian Railways and created a separate ministry for the development of Indian railways, i.e. Ministry of Railways. The railway ministry is responsible for the development of the railways in India. This ministry works remarkably indeed. It also promotes tourism in India and had launched multiple luxurious trains for the promotion of tourism. It attracts International tourists through railways. Multiple Indian trains are acknowledged internationally such as Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey, The Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, The Golden Chariot, and much more.
Additionally, India also achieved a milestone in Railways. The Ministry of Railway adds one more superfast train to their list named Vande Bharat. This is the first fully automatic train of the Indian Railways which runs speedily like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, and Durunto. This train is also called Train-18. The questions have arrived at our mind, one is, “why it was named Train-18 or Vande Bharat?” According to Economic Times, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said this train was exclusively made in India under the initiative of Make in India. It was built in 18 months by Indian Engineers this is why it is also known as Train-18.
Experiences with Vande Bharat
The Vande Bharat looks like a bullet train. Its engine is connected with the train coach. If we see other Indian trains the engines are not connected with the train coaches. This train connects the Cultural city of India (Varanasi) with the Capital of India (Delhi). It covers approximately 767 km within 8 hours. It has only two stops between the starting to end journey, Kanpur and Prayagraj. It runs from Delhi to Varanasi. It is a fully air-conditioned train with two coach categories, first is Chair Car and another one is Exclusive Chair Car. The seating capacity of the train is 1,128 passengers. The exclusive chair car coach has 52 seats and the Chair car has 78 seats each. Each coach has digital display boards that show the speed of the train regularly. Its automatic doors also depict the safety of the passengers.
Each coach of the train is interconnected with each other. Each coach has automatic sensor doors that open and close automatically. The passengers can move from one coach to another, and each coach has western and Indian style restrooms. So, passengers, use restrooms according to their convenience. This train endeavors to provide all the necessary facilities to their passengers so they may remember that journey and travel again and again.
At last but not least, I would tell the readers that I traveled in this Vande Bharat along with my friend Yaduvir. We had multiple wonderful memories of this train. I also suggest to travel on the first Indian made train once and visit the cultural city of India. This is all about my experience and comparison of Indian railways.