If you’ve ever travelled on Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer train, you’ll know that its carriages have glass ceilings. Well, according to the Press Trust of India, similar transparent rolling stock are being developed in Tamil Nadu – and they’re set to be operational by the end of 2016.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has said that three such luxury carriages are being built – one will form part of a regular train in the Kashmir Valley; the other two will be used on the Kothavalasa-to-Kirandul line through the Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh.

A. K. Manocha, IRCTC’s chairman and managing director, believes the glass-ceilinged carriages will give travellers a unique vantage point to enjoy two of India’s most scenic regions. “There are some trains with glass ceilings in foreign countries, like Switzerland, which enjoy the patronage of tourists,” he said. “We believe such coaches would also give a fillip to rail tourism in India.”

The three coaches have been in development since 2015, with the first test journeys expected to get underway later this month.

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