Prabhu inspects rake of semi-high speed train Tejas Express

Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inspected the rake of the new semi-high speed train, Tejas Express, that will have modern on-board facilities and is being billed as the future of travel in India, at the Safdarjung railway station here today.
Railway Board Chairman A. K. Mittal, Member Rolling Stock Ravindra Gupta, Member Traction Ghanshyam Singh and Northern Railway General Manager R. K. Kulshreshta and other senior railway officials were present on the occasion.
Tejas Express, which is set to be introduced soon, has coaches manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The coaches are capable of running at a speed of 200 km/h, but due to constraints related to rail tracks they will run at a speed of 160 km/h, an official press release said.
The speed potential of 200 kmph was achieved by providing steel brake disc, sintered pads and electro-pneumatic assist brake system, among other things, it said.
 The first rake comprising 19 coaches, including 16 non-executive and two executive chair cars besides one power coach, was inspected by Mr. Prabhu today. One executive coach will be turned into a Smart Coach at a later date having extra facilities as announced in the Budget 2016-17, it said.
According to the release, some of the features of the new coaches include bio-vacuum toilets, touchless water taps, soap dispensers, marble finish anti- graffiti coating, hand dryers, automatic entrance plug type doors, fire and smoke detection and suppression system, CCTV cameras for security, GPS based Passenger Information Display system, e-leather upholstery, redesigned backrests and armrests, leg support for executive chair car, LED TV with touch control for each passenger (with recorded content, can be upgraded to Live TV), USB charging facility, magazines, tea and coffee vending machines, snack tables, local cuisine and celebrity chef menu, the release added.


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