Train 18 Indians first engine-less semi-high-speed train, is likely to start operations by 25th December. Train 18, today hit speeds of 180 kmph during its trials on the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route. With this it has become the fastest Indian Railways train ever. Currently, Gatimaan Express between Delhi and Jhansi is the fastest Indian Railways train at 160 kmph speed. While Train 18 has been tested at 180 kmph speed on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route, it will eventually run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph. According to RDSO officials, a new train is normally tested at 10% higher than the speed it is expected to run at.
The trials are expected to be complete in December itself after which RDSO will prepare its report. Train 18, manufactured by ICF under the ‘Make in India’ initiative has been envisioned as a modern, technologically superior replacement to the Shatabdi Express trains.“We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected,” Mani added.
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.
With Rotating seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel in executive class, modular toilets with bio-vacuum system, modular luggage rack with glass bottom, sliding doors in coaches and continuous window glasses for contemporary modern look, this make in India initiative of the Indian Railways’ is full of modern facilities.
It will be provided with automatic plug type doors with retractable footsteps, which will open and close automatically at the stations. To provide entertainment, all coaches of the train will be provided with on board Wi-fi, infotainment and GPS based passenger information system (PIS) which will keep the passengers informed about the travel status.
According to officials familiar with developments, the Train 18 will offer both comfort and pace to the passengers and will fit the bill of replacing intercity express trains, which have travel time in six hour range. All coaches will be chair car type for day travel.
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