We’ve all seen those amazing bullet train videos from Japan, and wondered when that advanced engineering would hit our shores. Well, decades later it has finally happened, and India’s first Bullet train is all set to ply between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Thane, Sabarmati and Surat will have depots for assembling bullet train parts, and testing on the tracks.
Reaching high speeds, the train will be able to cut commute time considerably, so expect speed with unmatched luxury.
1) Fleet and Route:-
The train will have around 70 services between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, ferrying around 40,000 passengers by 2023. 35 bullet trains with ten coaches each, will initially run on this route. Read about the schedule here.
The bullet train will have around ten coaches—one coach will be business class, and the remaining will be standard. The business class coach will have leg rests, luggage space and staff rooms including refrigerators, boiling water, tea maker, coffee maker and even a hand towel warmer.
3) Special Amenities:-
There will be separate toilets for men and women, unlike regular trains. There will be automatically rotating seats so that passengers can enjoy the multi-directional view, in the direction in which the train is moving.
4) Passenger Safety:-
A special general inspection train will ply on the tracks once in 10 days, to check the tracks. If any issues are found, they can be dealt with promptly, so passenger safety will not be compromised. A block between 12:00 am to 6:00 am will be conducted every day and trains will run only after a safety confirmation.
5) Provision for specially-abled, nursing mothers and the infirm:-
The bullet train will have special washrooms and toilets for specially-abled passengers. There will also be a multi-purpose coach, for nursing mothers or sick passengers, equipped with a folding bed, luggage rack and mirrors.
If you have railway nostalgia, fret not, there will still be vendors on-board, so the familiar ringing sound of “chips” will be audible, albeit louder, since bullet trains are presumably quieter than regular trains.