India’s Vande Bharat Express, codenamed Train 18, was flagged off last Friday but ran into unexpected problems - cattle on the track – during its return journey to Delhi.
India's fastest train, the Vande Bharat Express came to a stop for almost two hours at the Chamraula station in Uttar Pradesh because of a technical issue which Indian Railways said was “an external hit”.
During the first leg of its inaugural trip, the train ran from New Delhi to Varanasi in eight hours - as compared to the 12-13 hours it takes for the Shatabdi Express to cover the same distance. Its speed was capped at 130 kmph in view of the condition of the tracks, despite topping 180 kmph in trial runs.
On its way back, the train was forced to a halt about 194 km from Delhi but resumed its journey after repairs.
The train, manufactured Chennai, will run five days a week and is equipped with infotainment systems, Wi-Fi, modern toilets and improved seating arrangements.