Train 18 - India's first engine-less semi-high speed train was launched by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on October 30. Train 18 is set to replace the Shatabdi Express for inter-city travel.
The 16-coach semi-high speed 'trainset' is built at a whopping cost of Rs 100 crore per rake with 80 percent Indian component has been designed for a maximum operating speed of 160 kmph.
Fun fact: Train 18 is the first long-distance train that will operate sans separate locomotive (engine). It was flagged off at the ICF premises by the Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. Train 18 is all set to undergo operational trials in coming months, said ICF officials at it's launch.
Train 18 is a fully air-conditioned train which is driven by a self-propulsion module and has the potential to become the country's fastest train provided the infrastructure was improved, said Lohani at the launch of country's first engine-less semi-high speed train
It is said that five more units of the train would be produced by the ICF by the end of 2019-20 production year. Train 18 - the swanky 16-coach air-conditioned train will cut journey time by 15 percent as compared to the 30-year old Shatabdi Express.
The swanky 'Train' 18 is fitted with CCTV cameras and would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.
"It is a matter of pride that India has made such a train and that too, the ICF has done it within 18 months, " Lohani was quoted as saying to the reporters at the launch.
It is said that Train 18 has diffused lighting, automatic doors and footsteps. The swanky train will also offer GPS-based passenger information system. The footsteps of the coaches of the doorways are designed in such a way that it would slide outward when the train stopped at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort in view of the variation in height between a trains floor and the platform.
Train 18 has two driving trailer coaches with aerodynamic driver's cab (nose cone) on both the ends that will enable it with a quicker turn-around time at destinations. Every alternative coach of the Train 18 is motorized, to ensure even distribution of power and faster acceleration/deceleration for every coach.
At the launch of the event, Lohani was quoted as saying, "Within 2018-19 production year, another unit of the train would be manufactured and four more units would be manufactured by end of 2019-20 production year."
Train 18 is set to replace Shatabdi Express, which were introduced in the year 1988 by the Indian Railways. The Shatabdi Express is currently running on more than 20 routes connecting metro cities with other important cities across the country.
It is said that all the equipment are located below the chassis of the coaches leaving ample amount of on-board space for passenger movement. All the coaches of Train 18 are connected by fully sealed gangways with integrated bridge plates, enabling passengers to walk across from one coach to another freely.
Train 18 which is all set to undergo trials in the upcoming months, and is produced by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) within a time frame of 18 months. With the launch of Train 18, the focus now shifts to Train 20, which is the next generation aluminium-bodied sleeper class train that is eventually set to replace the Rajdhani Express and will be rolled out by the end of 2020.
On October 30, The Indian Railways launched India's first engine-less semi-high speed train - 'Train 18'. It was rolled out by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) and is set to replace the Shatabdi Express for inter-city travel. Train 18 boasts of 16-coach semi-high speed 'trainset' and is built at a whopping cost of Rs 100 crore per rake with 80 percent Indian component has been designed for a maximum operating speed of 160 kmph. Here's all you need to know about the country's first engine-less semi-high speed train - Train 18
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