The Vande Bharat Express will run between New Delhi and Varanasi, stopping only at Kanpur and Prayagraj on the way. Meanwhile, the new Vande Bharat Express could make the same trip in less than eight hours.
India's fastest train - was halted for over three hours during its return journey from Varanasi because of a technical issue possibly caused due to an "external hit", the Indian Railways said in a clarification on Saturday. The new train had started its return journey from Varanasi on Saturday night at 10.30 p.m., 45 minutes after it had reached the parliamentary constituency of the Prime Minister on its inaugural run. Tickets sold out for the next two weeks already.
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While commenting about the Train 18's first ever commercian run, a user tweeted: "Thanks a lot, for this "Make In India" success story". The "engine-less" train has swanky features such as automatic doors with automatic footsteps, realtime audio visual announcements, bio-vacuum toilets, on-board WiFi, and catering from premium brands. Those travelling in the train said power went out in some coaches around 5 am, and the train was running at a sluggish pace before coming to a halt near Tundla around 6.30 am.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal wasted no time in responding to Gandhi's tweet and wrote, "Such a shame that you choose to attack the hard work and ingenuity of Indian engineers, technicians and labourers".
India's fastest train broke down during its first trip back to New Delhi, the capital.
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The fault led to control failures of the air-conditioners fitted inside the train.
"The train can run up to a maximum speed of 160 kmph and will provide a totally new travel experience to passengers", a spokesman said.
The train's top speed is limited to 130 kmph in this route and averages 95 kmph.
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