Great news for commuters from Jharkhand and West Bengal! The Railways has announced the state-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, on the Howrah – Ranchi – Howrah route.
The Railway Board has approved the train route, and commuters between Howrah and Ranchi can soon look forward to a trip on India’s fastest passenger train.
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Howrah – Ranchi Vande Bharat Express time table & route
While the Railways is yet to announce the final operational dates, the time table of this new train has been released, as per a Twitter post shared by the South Eastern Railway zone.
The Howrah – Ranchi Vande Bharat Express will depart from Howrah at 8:00 am and arrive in Ranchi at 12:55 pm. In the return direction, it will depart from Ranchi at 03:20 pm and arrive in Howrah at 08:10 pm.
The train route for this new service will be via Muri, Kustaur, Purulia, Anara, Mohanpur, Andal and Dankuni.
403 km to be covered in 4 hours 55 minutes
The Howrah – Ranchi Vande Bharat Express will cover the 403 kilometer distance between the two cities in about 4 hours and 55 minutes at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour.
Jharkhand’s first Vande Bharat Express
Plying from the state capital Ranchi, the new Vande Bharat Express will be Jharkhand’s first train of the sort.
Readers must note that Vande Bharat Express trains are currently operational on two routes, the 22439/22440 New Delhi – Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra route and the 22436/22435 New Delhi – Varanasi route.
On Independence Day this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that as many as 75 Vande Bharat Express trains will connect India’s far-off areas in 75 weeks as part of the Centre’s ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative.
The Vande Bharat Express trains are electric, and fitted with modern facilities including revolving seats, CCTVs, automatic doors, charging points at every seat, disability-friendly toilets and on-board Wi-Fi access.
The new train is sure to cut down on the time taken to travel between the two major cities and increase passenger convenience!