Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express which will cover the journey from New Delhi to Varanasi in nine hours and forty-five minutes, was flagged off by Narendra Modi Friday at New Delhi Railway station. Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high speed train that can run up to 160 kmph, and it aims to provide a new travel experience to passengers with better facilities.
Let’s look at the images clicked by Praveen Jain at the inaugural function of Vande Bharat Express.
Prime minister Narendra Modi emerges from Train 18 after a tour | Praveen Jain / ThePrint
2. Piyush Goyal greets Murli Manohar Joshi
Railway minister Piyush Goyal (standing) said that the train’s inauguration a day after a terror attack in Pulwama was a befitting reply to terrorists | Praveen Jain / ThePrint
3. Modi through the looking glass
The prime minister congratulated the engineers behind Vande Bharat Express | Praveen Jain / ThePrint
4. The first journey
The train driver salutes PM Modi before starting Train 18’s first journey | Praveen Jain / ThePrint
5. Comfortable seats and pensive looks
An image of ‘comfortable seats’ on the express train flashes behind a grim Narendra Modi, who is flanked by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi (3rd from left) and union minister Piyush Goyal (extreme right). | Praveen Jain/ ThePrint