NEW DELHI: Soon the replica of Vande Bharat trainset would replace the Fairy Queen steam locomotive at Rail Bhawan in the national capital. The proposed symbolic move gains importance as the government has put focus on modernization of Indian Railways and has projected the indigenous semi-high speed train as the sign of changing face of the national transporter.
Currently, a Fairy Queen locomotive is placed in front of the Rail Bhawan, which is the headquarters of the Indian Railways. The Fairy Queen locomotive had made it to the Guiness Book of Records as the world’s oldest steam locomotive in regular service.
Sources said the Integral Coach Factory at Chennai, which manufactured the first two Vande Bharat trainsets, is finalizing the replica of the trainset that would be put in the Rail Bhawan complex.
“The Vande Bharat trainsets signify the transformational changes happening in the railways in respect of quality ride, comfort, adoption of modern technology and speed of travel. So, there is more focus to manufacture and roll out more such trains,” said a senior official.
Vande Bharat trains are equipped with upgraded amenities as well as better seating, security, and surveillance systems along with fire-proof features. The next generation of these trains will have more modern features.
The government has prioritized the operation of 75 Vande Bharat trainsets connecting major cities by August 2023, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day speech. Sources said even the trains that private operators would bring in future would be trainsets, which don’t require a separate locomotive to run the train as these are self propelled.
The first Vande Bharat trainset was flagged off by the PM in February 2019 between Delhi and Varanasi. The second train runs between Delhi and Katra.


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