The picturesque trail from Visakhapatnam to the scenic Araku Valley will finally get the awe-inspiring attention it deserves, thanks to Saint-Gobain Glass and a unique initiative by the Indian Railways. Specially designed and supplied for the first-of-its-kind Vistadome coach, the glass features on the roof to enable an unparalleled view of the panoramic vistas outside.
The special dome-shaped coach, manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF)-Perambur, Chennai, also comes with an exclusive glass observation lounge to allow uninterrupted sight-seeing.
While glass ensures that one gets to enjoy the outdoors, what makes it an inimitable experience is the variants of glass used. SGG Priva-lite and SGG Planitherm Ultra come together and deliver their collective expertise to offer travellers the experience of a lifetime.
Priva-lite from Saint-Gobain is an intelligent, switchable glass that becomes either transparent or translucent with just the click of a switch. It is embedded with a unique technology that allows it to be transformed from clear glass to translucent glass, while ensuring optimal vision control. SGG Priva-lite has been used in combination with SGG Planitherm Ultra, an advanced thermal insulation glass from Saint-Gobain. It provides excellent solar control glazing and vision control, along with acoustic insulation. It helps to maintain an optimum level of daylighting without glare and does not let the outside temperature affect the air-conditioning indoors. Together, both the glass variants not only offer breathtaking views that bring the outdoors in, but also create exceptional passenger comfort by way of solar and thermal control.
The composite unit measures 33mm; The DGU (Double Glazed Unit) which is 33 mm thick has 6 mm SGG Planitherm Ultra tempered, 16 mm air gap, and a steel frame sealed with DC 3362/44.4 SGG Priva-lite Diamant tempered. 8 panels have a dimension of 635×2175 mm while 2 panels measure 635×1075 mm.
A total of four such coaches have been planned – two for Kashmir and twofor Vizag-Araku Valley. The first has been flagged off and is up and running, with bookings full for the first two weeks of it going operational; The second one is slated to be functional end of April, 2017.
Innovative glass for interior design continues to be on track for Saint-Gobain as it collaborates and creates yet another landmark project. As Mr.B.Santhanam, President & MD – Flat Glass (South Asia, Malaysia &
Egypt), Saint-Gobain, says, “We are thrilled to partner with Indian Railways tocreate a spectacle of such large proportions. Innovation is at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s business and opportunities like these stand testimony to the future-ready solutions we create. We are sure that these specially designed coaches will provide passengers luxury and multi-sensory comfort, all the while offering them views of a lifetime.”
The age-old saying, ‘The journey is just as important as the destination’, could not hold more true. While Saint-Gobain Glass ensures that passengers can gaze endlessly at the scenic landscape en route, other comfort perks in the coach include rotatable and pushback chairs, LED lights, multiple television screens, GPS-based systems, wide side doors, etc. As the Honourable Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, ushered in a new era of rail travel on the 16th of April, 2017, Saint-Gobain is proud to be a part of this historic journey and rededicates itself to making innovative products that will continue to place India on the global map.