Adding another feather to India’s cap in the area of tourism, the Railways have introduced a game-changing feature – European-style coaches equipped with advanced features to provide a comfortable journey to passengers. The new Vistadome coaches will ply mostly in tourist locations.

“Take a tour of Vistadome Coach!!! Vistadome Coaches have enriched the travel experiences of many travellers. Enjoy the ride in Vistadome coaches & make your travel experience a memorable one,” the Ministry of Railways tweeted along with a video.

Given below is all there is to know about The Vistadome Coaches –

  1. The seats can rotate up to 180 degrees, so that they can face the direction in which the train is moving.
  2. Glass roofs, observational lounges and large glass windows.
  3. The glass windows are laminated with glass sheets in order to protect them from shattering.
  4. A GPS-based Public Address-cum Passenger Information System (PAPIS), and a sunk-in type LED destination board.
  5. Wider doors for people with disabilities using a wheelchair.
  6. A Wi-Fi-based passenger information system.
  7. Stainless steel multi-tier luggage racks outside the passenger area, a mini-pantry to provide refreshments to the passengers, service area consisting of a hot case, microwave oven, coffee maker, bottle cooler, refrigerator and washbasin.
  8. A CCTV system for onboard surveillance.
  9. FRP modular toilets with pressurized flushing system, bio tanks and an automatic fire detection system with an alarm.
  10. Air-spring suspension in the second stage
  11. A mobile charging socket has been provided for each passenger below the seat armrest.

Here are some of the routes where these coaches have begun being operated by the Indian Railways – Dadar and Madgaon, Araku Valley, Kashmir Valley, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Kangra Valley Railway, Matheran Hill Railway and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.


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