Facts About India’s Semi High Speed Tejas Express
Tejas Express train of Indian Railways is a premium train with idea of future train travel in India. The coaches are manufactuTred at Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory and equipped with all the modern aircraft like facility. Tejas Express is India’s first semi high speed full AC train by Indian Railways. Tejas Express flagged off on 24 May 2017 from Mumbai CST to Karmali Goa.
The Tejas Express is India’s first semi-high speed full Air-Conditioned train fleet introduced by Indian Railways, featuring newer modern on-board facilities and automatic doors. Tejas means “sharp”, “lustre” and “brilliance” in many Indian languages. These trains are among the fastest trains in India along with Rajdhani Express, Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express and get the highest priority on the Indian railway network.
- Tejas Express covered 551.7 kms in 8 hours and 30 minutes.
- Tejas Express fares will be 20 to 30% more than Shatabdi fares.
- Tejas Express was the most awaited promises of Railway Budget 2016.
- Tejas means Sharp and Brilliance in Indian Languages.
- There are three routes have been planned for Tejas Express. Mumbai CST – Karmali Tejas Express, New Delhi – Chandigarh Tejas Express, Lucknow Junction – Anand Vihar Terminal Tejas Express.
- Tejas Express has also been proposed for Surat to Mumbai route.
- Tejas Express get the highest priority on the Indian railway network.
- Tejas Express is among the fastest trains in India.
- Tejas Express run at an average speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and can touch 180 km/h.
- Tejas Express is packed with all the luxurious aircraft like feature.
- Tejas Express each seat has an attendant call button facility.
- Tejas Express Executive Chair seats has 9-inch LCD screens with USB charger.
- Tejas Express has modern facilities on-board like LED TV, CCTV cameras and tea/coffee vending machine.
The inaugural run of Tejas Express was on 24 May 2017 from Mumbai CST to Karmali, Goa. It covered 551.7 km in 8 hours and 30 minutes.
The coaches are manufactured at the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. The train will run at an average speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) but will be allowed to touch 180 km/h (110 mph) on some sections. Currently the train runs at 56 km/h.
Coaches have bio-vacuum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, hand dryers, integrated braille displays, LED TV for each passenger with phone sockets, local cuisine, celebrity chef menu, WiFi, tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snack tables, CCTV cameras, fire & smoke detection and suppression system. The fares will be 20% to 30% more than Shatabdi fares. The Tejas Express has redesigned seats with e-leather.
There are 14 non-executive chair cars and they can seat up to 72 passengers each (3+2) configuration. The coaches have energy-efficient LED lights and digital destination display boards. The new train has two executive chair cars (in 2+2 configuration). The executive chair cars have a seating capacity of 56 passengers and adjustable head-rests, arm support and leg support. Leg support is not available in non-executive chair cars.
The central table in the Tejas Express also has infotainment screens. Equipped with soap dispensers, touch-less water taps, odour-control systems and occupancy indicators, the toilets in Tejas Express have been designed with modern standards in mind. In line with Indian Railways vision to make tracks defecation free, Indian Railways has installed bio-vacuum toilets in Tejas Express.
This would also ensure that as against normal toilets that need 10 litres of water per flush, only 1.5 litres of water would be consumed. All doors are centrally controlled. Currently, the train runs three days a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.