Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience in the picturesque Araku valley, the Railways on Sunday introduced a see-through Vistadome coach on its Visakhapatnam-Kirandul passenger train.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the train through a video conferencing link from Bhubaneswar.
‘Double-Wide’ Reclining Seats
The specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach, claimed to be a first-of-its-kind in India, has large glass windows and an observation lounge that offer passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley hill station.
A unique feature of this Rs 3.38 crore 40-seat coach is the ‘double-wide’ reclining passenger seats that could be rotated 360 degrees for a better sightseeing experience.
The coach also has a glass-domed ceiling, automatic sliding doors and a multi-tier luggage rack, a railways release said.
The tourists can now sit relaxed in their seats and get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri Ghat section, Lambasingi, the Borra caves and the tunnels along the route from the Vistadome coach.
Only one coach has been attached to the train now on a trial basis while one more will soon be added.
After the launch, Prabhu said the Vistadome coach was being introduced for the first time in the country to promote tourism.
A similar coach would later be introduced on a route in the northeast as well, he said.