Mini Vande Bharat Express has been designed for a smaller route where the number of travellers is less. The number of coaches in Mini Vande Bharat Express will be less than regular Vande Bharat Express trains.
Mini Vande Bharat is also known as Vande Bharat 2.0 Expresses. Indian Railway has reduced the number of car configurations in Mini Vande Bharat. Currently, the Vande Bharat Express running in India comes with 16 coaches. All regular Vande Bharat Express has 16 AC chair cars and 2 executive AC chair cars coach.
Importance of Mini Vande Bharat Express
One of the most important things about Mini Vande Bharat is that its manufacturing cost is less than regular Vande Bharat Express. The Mini Vande Bharat cost around only Rupees 65 crores only. Each coach of Mini Vande Bharat Express costs around 8 crores rupees. The Indian Railways is planning to manufacture 1200 Mini Vande Bharat rakes of 8-car configuration.
Benefits of Mini Vande Bharat Express
The first Benefit of Mini Vande Bharat is that its manufacturing cost is less. The second benefit of Mini Vande Bharat is running cost is less as compared to regular Vande Bharat Express. Mini Vande Bharat can be manufactured in less time. For smaller routes where demand is low, Mini Vande Bharat can be easily run.
Mini Vande Bharat Express Speed
According to the sources, the top speed of the Mini Vande Bharat Express is the same as the regular Vande Bharat Express, but Mini Vande Bharat takes less time to reach 100 km/h. The number of coaches and passengers is less in Mini Vande Bharat, so it gets better speed in less time. Indian Railway is planning to run Mini Vande Bharat on the shorter route, which distance can be covered in a maximum of 4 to 5 hours.
Can Mini Vande Bharat Express Converted to Regular Vande Bharat Express?
Yes, Mini Vande Bharat Express cab Converted to Regular Vande Bharat Express. The MGR Chennai Central to Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express and Secunderabad to Tirupati Vande Bharat Express have been converted to regular Vande Bharat Express from Mini Vande Bharat Express because of the high demand. Before, these two trains are running with 8 coaches, but now it’s running with 16 coaches. The Bilaspur to Nagpur Vande Bharat Express has been replaced by the Mini Vande Bharat since May 2023 because the occupancy rate was only 51%.