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Get over Train18 and look at the makeover Tejas Express has got

PW Bureau

Tejas, which is the second premier train to be rolled out from ICF, will soon start plying on a new route between Chennai and Madurai New Delhi: One of Indian Railway’s recent showpieces — Tejas — that made its maiden journey between Mumbai and Pune in May last year is set to get a makeover before it embarks on a new route between Chennai and Madurai. Tejas is the second premier train to be rolled out from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai since last month. “Railways is rolling out 23 new coaches packed with modern facilities such as comfortable leather seats, motor-operated windows and personal infotainment LCD screens,” Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had tweeted. The new Tejas Express train will have 23 chair cars and executive class coaches. The coaches of the fully air-conditioned train, which is equipped with a modern entertainment system, modular toilets, smart windows and a GPS-based passenger information system among other features have been produced at ICF in Chennai. The new Tejas Express train will be operated on the busy Chennai-Madurai route and the schedule of the new service will be announced by Southern Railway soon. Unlike the earlier Tejas coaches, in which seats were large to accommodate the audio-visual (AV) display units, the new version will have normal seats with AV display units fitted at the back of every seat. Tejas coaches are fitted with LED lights and fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) interior panels, luxurious seats, modular toilets and smart windows with motor-operated Venetian blinds. These trains will have automatic doors in the passenger area and sliding coach doors.