India's fastest train Vande Bharat Express begins first commercial run today

Vande Bharat Exp lessons

India's fastest train breaks down on first trip

Before the train came to complete halt at Barhan, which was about 190 km from Delhi, its last coaches started making thumping noise.

S C Vats, a Delhi resident, said, "This train is a new beginning in the history of the Indian Railways".

For travelling between New Delhi and Varanasi by Train 18, the passengers will have to shell out 30-40 per cent higher fare than they do for Shatabdi Express, Railway Ministry officials had said.

"Vande Bharat Express left Delhi for Varanasi today morning on its first commercial run". Tickets of this train were already sold out for the next two weeks.

The delay took place a day after the train broke down on its way back to the national capital from Varanasi following its inaugural non-commercial journey.

In a huge embarrassment to the Railways, India's first indigenous semi high-speed Train-18, named Vande Bharat Express, developed serious technical faults near Tundla junction on Saturday, hours after its much awaited inaugural run was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. "There was also a foul smell and mild smoke, which was due to an internal system failure", a person said.

On Sunday, the train reached the Varanasi Cantonment station at 3.25 pm instead of its scheduled arrival at 2pm. During the inspection, engineers found that breaks of the last few coaches had jammed, following which they chose to move the train at 10 kmph.

There were no signs of damage on the front of the train, but it was stalled for about 2 hours before resuming its journey only to break down again, according to NDTV. "I heard the officials talking about brake malfunction", a source on the train said.

Indian Railways clarification on Vande Bharat breakdown. "It wasn't a scheduled commercial run", Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.

The semi-high speed train, which presently is running at the speed of 130 km/hr, though it has been created to reach a speed of 180 km/hr, once the tracks are developed to that level.

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