Indian Railways launch India’s first glass ceiling Vistadome coach

A first of a kind initiative by the government body


May 2, 2017

/ By / Kolkata

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The Vistadome coach will provide the tourists a delightful experience

The Vistadome coach will provide the tourists with a delightful experience of the picturesque Araku Valley

With an aim to provide an amusing travel experience at the scenic Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam, the Indian Railways has launched a see-through Vistadome coach on its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train.

Indian Railways have reached a new high with various initiatives like cleanliness, world-class technology, reduced grievances, quick responses and easy booking facilities. To add one more feather, Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu introduced a see through Vistadome coach between Visakhapatnam and Araku. The minister flagged-off the train through a video link from Bhubaneswar.

While flagging off the train, Prabhu said that the Vistadome coach has features like glass roof, LED lights, rotatable seats, GPS based info system etc and tourists will not only enjoy the scenic beauty at the destination but also along the journey.

The minister also said that the Vistadome coach was being introduced for the first time in the country to promote tourism and plans are there to introduce a similar coach on a route in the northeast of India as well.

Claimed to be first-of-its-kind, the specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach has large glass windows and an observation lounge that offer passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley.

The 40-seat coach costed around INR 33.8 million and as of now, only one coach has been attached to the train on trial basis.

The Vistadome coach has double-wide reclining passenger seats that could be rotated 360 degrees for a better sightseeing experience along with a glass-domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors and a multi-tier luggage rack.

From the Vistadome coach, tourists can now sit relaxed in their seats and get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri ghat section, Lambasingi, Borra caves and the tunnels along the route.

The Vistadome coach is similar to PeruRail’s Vistadome train which allows passengers to experience the route to Machu Picchu through its panoramic windows located beside and above the seat. The Vistadome train offers a unique connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu, making the passengers feel as if they were somehow part of the nature that surrounds them.



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