Kashmir Gets All-Weather, Glass-Roof AC Train to Woo Back Tourists
Bringing back tourists to the Kashmir Valley has become a matter of priority for both the Central and State administration. Aiding that process is a decision by the Northern Railways to introduce an all-weather air-conditioned 40-seat train with Vistadome coaches in the Valley.
What are some of the features of Vistadome coaches? They possess a glass roof with electrically controlled opalescence, making it transparent. This will give passengers a panoramic view of their journey. For a better view, passengers can even make their way to special observation lounges. These coaches also have rotatable-pushback seats. Other features include GPS-based information system, LED lights and automatic sliding compartment doors etc.
With a trial run conducted from Nowgam in Srinagar to Sadura in the Anantnag district, tourists can now hope to witness some of the spectacular sights on offer throughout the year. Only two other train routes in India have Vistadome coaches—the Mumbai-Goa line and the Visakhapatnam-Araku Valley line. At this juncture, officials in the Northern Railways are working out the commercial and operational modalities of starting this 40-seat train.