Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged-off the train through a video link from Bhubaneswar.
The specially-designed Vistadome air-conditioned coach, claimed to be a first-of-its-kind on Indian Railways, has large glass windows and an observation lounge that offer passengers a panoramic view of the sites along the 128-km rail route from Visakhapatnam to Araku valley hill station.
The tourists can now sit relaxed in their seats and get a clear view of the breath-taking Anantagiri ghat section, Lambasingi, Borra caves and the tunnels along the route, from the Vistadome coach.
Only one coach has been attached to the train now on a trial basis, while one more will soon be added.
A similar coach would later be introduced on a route in northeast as well, he said.
Visakhapatnam MP, Kambhampati Haribabu, attended the function along with Prabhu in Bhubaneswar, while Araku MP, Kottapalli Geeta, MLAs, Railway Division manager (Visakhapatnam) Chandralekha Mukherjee and others took part in the launch.
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