South Western Railway (SWR) successfully completed the trial run of Vande Bharat Express between Bengaluru and Dharwad via Davanagere and Hubballi today.
Vande Bharat Express left Bengaluru at 5:45 AM and reached Dharwad Railway Station at 11:58 AM covering a distance of 490km in just 6 hours and 13 minutes.
En route, the train stopped at the scheduled halts of Yeshwantpur, Davanagere, and Hubballi. The train reached Davanagere at 9:24 AM and proceeded its journey towards Hubballi Dharwad at 9:28 AM.
Vande Bharat Express reached Hubballi Railway Station at 11:16 AM. The train covered a distance of 469km between Bengaluru and Hubballi in just 5 and half hours clocking an average speed of 85.27km/h.
As far as the average speed of the entire journey between Bengaluru and Dharwad, Vande Bharat Express covered 490km in 6 hours and 13 minutes maintaining an average speed of 78.82km/h.
The train will operate on 6 days/week (except Tuesday). The train will comprise 7 Chair Car coaches and 1 Executive Chair Car coach. SWR is yet to decide on the pricing of the train.
Power supply arrangements have been made through Traction Sub Stations (TSS) located at Dodbele, Nittur, Birur, Savanur & Devaragudda. The remaining TSSs at Honnavalli Road, Ramagiri, and Tolahunse are expected to be commissioned by September 2023.