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The future is bright and from where we stand to look it, things in India are just getting better and better. Read on as we update you on the new express, Train 18, which is all set to replace the very famous Shatabdi Express.
The new train recently completed its first trial successfully on 26th November, 2018 in the National Capital. It ran at a speed of 115 km per hour (kmph) on tracks in Moradabad. It is India’s first engine-less semi-high-speed train. The new train is all set to start operations by 15 December. “We have successfully achieved a speed of 120 kmph during trials. We will achieve a speed of 160 kmph and run the train likely by December 15,” a senior railway official quoted. The second trial run of the fully air-conditioned transport will be done in Kota, where the train will be tested at 160 km per hour.
The Driver’s cabin of Train 18 has been produced by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
Here are a few interesting features of the same:
The bright blue tipped train is fitted with state of the art facilities- onboard WiFi, GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.
It holds the potential to travel up to a speed of 160 kmph which has been a major feat for the Indian Railways to achieve.
The train will have two executive compartments which will have 52 seats each, and trailer coaches will have 78 seats each. The executive class will have rotating seats to match the direction of the train.Fitted with CCTV cameras, Train 18 has diffused lighting, automatic doors and footsteps besides GPS-based Passenger Information System.
Train 18—the Rs 100 crore train—was developed by Chennai Integral Coach Factory in 18 months
The new train is a 100 per cent ‘Make in India’ project and was built in 18 months.