Why you Must Book a Vistadome Coach for your Next Journey

Why you Must Book a Vistadome Coach for your Next Journey
Kangra Valley, where the train's expected to run, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

At par with European coaches and even better when it comes to amenities, the new Vistadome coaches of Indian Railways have it all, from panoramic windows and WiFi to automated security systems

Ananya
January 24 , 2021
04 Min Read

There are many who enjoy the scenic pleasures of watching the countryside pass by via the slow sway of a train. If you are amongst those who prefer slow travel, the new Vistadome coaches will make your journeys more satisfying than ever.

The Indian Railways is introducing new Vistadome compartments in a few of the trains passing through some pretty stunning landscapes.  

The Indian Railways’ Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has successfully finished 180kmph oscillation speed trials of the Vistadome tourist coaches in December 2020. 

 
 
 
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Read: Take a Glass-Ceiling Bus between Manali and Leh for the View

These are European-style coaches with large windows that offer a panoramic view of the passing landscape. The coaches also offer Wi-Fi connectivity with a passenger information system, seats that can rotate up to 180 degrees in the direction of the train’s movement, see-through glass rooftop for mesmerising views, an observation lounge for passengers, enormous windows with electrically controlled opalescence, an entertainment system integrated with digital display screens as well as speakers, wider entrance doors for passengers with disabilities, mini pantry to provide refreshments to the passengers, and a service area consisting of hot case, coffee maker, microwave oven, refrigerator, bottle cooler and washbasin.  

 
 
 
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They are safer too with automatic fire detection systems in place and an alarm system built inside the coaches.

As of now, two such coaches have been manufactured and talks are on for ICF to manufacture 10 more by March 31.

Here's the list of routes the new vistadome coaches would operate on: 

  • Kashmir Valley

  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

  • Kalka Shimla Railway

  • Kangra Valley Railway

  • Dadar and Madgaon

  • Matheran Hill Railway

  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway

  • Araku Valley

The routes are selected on the basis of their natural grandeur.

With the capacity to host about 44 passengers, the ticket rates would vary a bit from a normal coach.

The iconic Darjeeling Himalayan railway has already hit the tracks with those coaches, embarking a new outlook towards the stretch. Earlier the Kalka- Shimla toy train was installed with a glass roof coach to promote tourism. The rail route experiences snowfall and it would be magical to witness them as the train chugs along the mountains. Now there are more trains being equipped with the vistadome coaches all across India. Raise your hand if you're excited about these see-all Instagram-all trains. We definitely are!


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