The Railways have commissioned the second Vistadome Coach, funded by the
Ministry of Tourism, on the Jan Shatabdi Express plying on the scenic
Mumbai-Goa Route, to provide a panoramic view of the picturesque Western Ghats
to the Konkan Railway passengers.
The Vistadome Coach boasts of a glass roof which has electrically
controlled opalescence, that is, it can be made transparent or opaque at the
turn of a switch. Passengers wanting a better view can head for a special
observation deck. All seats are rotatable by 360o and are pushback chairs. The
coaches are fitted with automatic sliding compartment doors, multiple TV
screens and wider body side door.
Ministry of Tourism provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs.12
Crore t the rate of Rs.4 crore per coach to the Railways for the manufacture of
three glass top coaches, for developing rail tourism in the country.
The first Vistadome Coach was commissioned by the Railways on the
Vishakhapatnam – Araku Valley Route in April, 2017 and is attracting a large
number of tourists.