Prepare to be amazed by the latest addition to the Vande Bharat family, the sleeper train version scheduled for launch in February-March 2024. These new trains will not only provide passengers with a comfortable journey but also showcase India’s infrastructural prowess.
Intended to replace the existing Rajdhani trains, the initial prototype of the Vande Bharat sleeper coach is a collaborative effort between Bengaluru-based Bharat Earth Mover Ltd and Chennai-based Integrated Coach Factory.
We have exclusive insights into the coach and its distinctive features, setting it apart from the existing trains across the country, including the current chair car versions of Vande Bharat.
The entire structure of the Vande Bharat sleeper coaches is constructed using stainless steel. These trains will feature a white body with orange stripes as their color scheme.The interior décor will be in light beige, with each seat equipped with a mobile and laptop charging point, complementing the common charging areas.
The configuration of the Vande Bharat sleeper is similar to the existing versions but will consist of 16 cars. This setup includes one car designated for 1st tier AC, four 2-tier coaches, and eleven 3-tier AC coaches.
Enhanced seat and berth quality is a crucial focus of the Vande Bharat trains. Aside from upgrading safety, the aim is to provide a supremely comfortable travel experience. Seats will be ergonomically designed, employing superior quality foam and coverings for enhanced comfort, as confirmed by a senior Indian Railways official closely involved in the project.
“We want every passenger to be compelled to travel with us again and again,” the official emphasized.
One notable feature of the Vande Bharat sleeper trains is the implementation of softer steps to access the upper berths. Unlike the hard steel steps or ladders found on current trains, Vande Bharat may introduce steps made of a more comfortable fiberglass material.
The first prototype is reportedly composed of 22 coaches, offering a total of 857 berths. Approximately 5% of these berths will be reserved for Indian Railways staff, with the remaining 823 available for passengers. The design includes three toilets, a mini pantry, reading lamps for each seat, a dressing mirror, a mobile stand, and a handrest-cum-coffee table for the lower berths, along with a center table.