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Mumbai-Goa journey gets more picturesque with transparent roof

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If you have ever travelled between Mumbai and Goa you would be aware of the picturesque route and the magic of the nature that transports you to a different world altogether. Aiming to provide a delightful travelling experience, the Central Railway has introduced a glass-roofed Vistadome coach on the Mumbai-Goa route. Wondering what makes the train special? Well, the train gives you an access to the panoramic view of the journey because of the glass ceiling. The coach will be attached to the Jan Shatabdi Express functioning between Dadar and Madgaon. The coach was received at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the first week of September. Vistadome inaugurated by former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu started its journey from September 18, 2017.

Here are 10 things you need to know about  the vistadome coach:

  • The coach will be equipped with LED lights, automatic sliding doors, rotating and reclining seats and multi-tier luggage racks.
  • The roofs of the coach will turn transparent with just a button click, allowing passengers to enjoy the landscape view of the Western Ghats.
  • The seats in the coach will rotate 360 degrees.
  • The coach will have 12 LCD television screens, a mini fridge, an oven and a juicer.
  • The toilets in the coach will have ceramic tiles.
  • The coach comprises of 40 seats and a single ticket would cost Rs 2,235. All passengers will be charged a full fare. No passengers will be given any concession.
  • The bookings of the coach are open at all computerised reservation centres and on their website – irctc.co.in.
  • The train will run three times a week during monsoon and five times a week after the monsoon.
  • The train departs at 5.25 am from Dadar and reaches Madgaon at 4 pm.
  • The coaches have been built in The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. The approx cost of the which is Rs 3.38 crore.