By early 2022, Indian Railways intends to introduce new Vande Bharat trains.
The third rake Vande Bharat train could begin service early next year, according to Indian Railways. There are two semi-high-speed Vande Bharat trains that travel from New Delhi to Varanasi and New Delhi to Katra at the moment. According to a senior official of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), six body skeletons of Vande Bharat trains are already available, and development on their propulsion system is currently underway. The third rake is expected to be introduced by March 31, according to the official, who also stated that the new Vande Bharat train will have some additional technical characteristics.
The ICF will pass over the new rakes to the Railway Board when they have been manufactured, and the board will decide on the trains' operational route and other details.
The Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, and the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareilly will produce the trains' coaches. By 2024, the railways expect 102 such trains to be operational.
As part of the 75th anniversary of India's independence, the railway plans to introduce a minimum of 10 new Vande Bharat trains by August 2022, connecting 40 cities. The railways issued a tender for 58 Vande Bharat train rakes in August of this year. The tender sought proposals for the development, design, production, integration, and testing of the Vande Bharat trains' 58 new rakes.
Vande Bharat is India's first indigenously built semi-high-speed train set, consisting of 16 self-propelled carriages that do not require an engine to carry. The concept is known as distributed traction power, and it's become increasingly popular in recent years all around the world. The application of this principle was essential in the locomotive-hauled trains being ruled out.
For the passengers' comfort and convenience, the Vande Bharat trains offer airline-style seating, automatic doors, and other modern enhancements.