The Shatabdi Express trains are quite the benchmark, with precise timings that rarely waver, and now, the Shatabdi Express that runs between Mumbai Central and Ahmedabad will soon undergo a makeover, and emerge from it almost new.
The National Institute of Design is collaborating with the Indian Railways on this project, and according to NID officials, work on changing the interior and exterior of the Shatabdi Express will commence soon.
The NID team had submitted designs early this year to the Railway authorities. According to Mohammad Naim Shaikh, Product Designer and the head of the Railway Design Centre at NID, there are two concepts. One imparts sharpness and vividness to the interiors, with myriad colours, motifs and curves. The second concept showcases elements that represent the dynamic future of the nation.
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The design wizard goes on to explain that the designs submitted, pertain to the first class chair car and chair car coaches in the Shatabdi Express. Minimal, muted and neutral colours bestow a calming effect on the passengers. The seats, flooring and vestibule are all painted with contrasting colours.
The exterior of the train has orange, blue and teal shades, representing the diverse Indian weather conditions. Light grey is the base colour. The colours and dynamic curves and lightning graphics make the train look fast while standing still. The design is continuous and harmonious, with the detailing and curve graphics being differently coloured, on the mid-section and the driver’s cabins. Doors are also in contrasting colours, to make them visible.
The interiors have gone under the knife as well, with a design that is consistent with the colour scheme and overall theme.
Passenger safety and behaviour has been taken into account, and there are clearly defined exit routes, clear and legible display of vital information and visually prominent safety amenities like door buttons.
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The new-look Shatabdi is going to be a high-speed train with a soothing, beautiful ambience. Sit in well-lit cabins, with the sunlight streaming in through the glass windows and enjoy your journey, thanks to the Indian Railways.