Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off the trial run of vistadome coaches between Visakhapatnam and Araku stations.
He said the new coach that have features like glass roof, LED lights, rotable?? (Rotating) seats, GPS-based information system among others would of great enjoyment for tourists.
“Vistadome coaches have glass roof with electrically controlled opalescence, which can be made transparent to enable outside view. These coaches are also equipped with observation lounge, Infotainment system, wide side door for Divyangs, automatic sliding compartment door. The Vistadome coaches will give a unique offering to tourists who can enjoy scenic beauty not only at destinations but also along the journey,” Prabhu informed on Twitter.
Made of special acrylic, the two coaches with a 40 seater capacity each, will provide the passengers a view of the valley through the roof and huge windows from the comfort of their own seats on a revolving chairs. The push back seats revolve round enabling passengers to see from whichever direction they prefer.
“This is first ever project for India,” said divisional railway manager Chandralekha Mukherjee.
The coaches are designed and manufactured by Integral Coach Factory at Premubudur, Tamil Nadu. The second coach will arrive before the end of this month. The coach factory made four vistadome coaches — two for Kashmir and two for Araku, the lovely valley about 90 km from the port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Trial run will take place to ensure mechanical perfection and later the inauguration date will be finalised. The coaches will be attached to the Kothavalasa-Kirandul passenger train which leaves Visakhapatnam railway station at 7.15 am every day.