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Vistadome rail coaches offer breathtaking view of Western Ghats

According to Chief Public Relation Officer of South Western Railway, Aneesh Hegde, this train route traverses through Western Ghats, specifically Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Ghat section.

Published: 11th July 2021 04:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th July 2021 04:50 PM   |  A+A-

A passenger records a video in South India’s first train with Vistadome coach inaugurated in Mangaluru Junction Railway station, Sunday

A passenger records a video in South India’s first train with Vistadome coach inaugurated in Mangaluru Junction Railway station, Sunday. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

BENGALURU: The South Western Railway has introduced two luxurious Vistadome coaches on day Express trains, offering a 180-degree panoramic view of the scenic western ghats to the passengers.

According to Chief Public Relation Officer of South Western Railway, Aneesh Hegde, this train route traverses through Western Ghats, specifically Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Ghat section.

"The section is scenic, offers breathtaking glimpses of mountains, valleys, gorges and greenery. The region abounds in monsoon with even more beautiful scenery," he added.

Hegde said the train will have two vistadome coaches with each coach having a seating capacity of 44.

Seats are rotatable 180 degree whereas the wide and large windows will offer clear close up view to the passengers.

The Vistadome coach has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory in Chennai on the LHB (Linke-Hofmann-Busch platform/technology).

There are glass rooftops which offer views of the sky to the passengers.

These rooftops have anti glare screens too, the SWR CPRO said.

The coach is equipped with CCTV surveillance, fire safety systems, LED display, oven and refrigerator, mini pantry, multi-tiered steel luggage shelves, mobile charging socket on each seat, 'content-on-demand' viewable by passengers, the officer said.

He added that the coach is equipped with automatic sliding doors and bio-toilets.

"The seats have foldable snack tables, similar to that in aircrafts. The coaches are also equipped with a GPS based public- address system and Braille signage to assist 'Divyang' (visually challenged) passengers. There is also a space, sort of lounge, provided at the far end of the coach with a large viewing window," Hegde said.

 



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