- Vistadome coach attached to Dadar-Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express
- Rotatable chairs and hanging LCDs in the coach offer panoramic view
- Will run 3 times a week during monsoon and 5 days a week afterwards
"A Vistadome (glass-top) coach will be attached to the Jan Shatabdi Express running between Dadar and Madgaon from September 18," CR's spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.
This special and aesthetically-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach, is a first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways, he said.
"Commuters travelling on this train will have this special coach with a glass-roof Vistadome, rotatable chairs and hanging LCDs for entertainment. 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," Mr Udasi added.
This special coach was received by the CR at its headquarters- the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in the first week of September. Booking for the Vistadome coach opened at all computerised reservation centres and on website from today, he informed.
According to Mr Udasi, this train will run three times a week during the monsoon period and five days a week once the monsoon gets over.
The departure time of Jan Shatabdi Express is 5.25 am from Dadar and it reaches Madgaon at 4 pm the same day.
The Vistadome coaches have been built in The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
"There shall be no concession and all passengers will be charged at full fare. Minimum chargeable distance shall be 50 km," the official added.
A few months back, at the launch of the coach, former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had said the Vistadome coaches were being introduced for the first time in the country to promote tourism.