Train 18, first engine-less train to replace Shatabdi Express

New Delhi, Sep 17: Get ready to experience better rail journey in the upcoming days, with much awaited indigenously built semi-high speed “Train 18” which will make you forget Shatabdi Express. 

According to the Financial Express report, the Indian Railways will start the testing of “Train 18” from October i.e next month.

The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), a technical adviser to the Indian Railways, will reportedly conduct the trails and give its validation to the train.

Aiming to boost the speeds of all distance passenger trains by 25km per hour by 2022, the Indian Railways has decided to replace the Shatabdi Express trains with ‘Train 18’.

“Train 18” will replace the existing train fleet of the Shatabdi Express, Railway Ministry officials to said, adding that the ICF will make six such train sets, out of which two will have sleeper coaches.

Made by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, it will promote “Make in India”, and is capable of running at a speed of 160 km per hour.

Not only this, ICF is also expected to make six such train sets, out of which two will have sleeper coaches.

The train will be self-propelled on electric traction just like the metro trains and does not require an engine to run.

In a bid to  enhance passenger comfort, the train will reportedly have  inter-connected fully sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based passenger information system, modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems, rotational seats, roller blinds and diffused LED lighting and other features.


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