Train 18, soon to be flagged off by PM Modi, pelted with stones during trial run

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New Delhi, Dec 20 : India’s fastest train- the Train 18, which is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 29, was pelted with stones on Thursday during a trial run between Delhi and Agra.The probe has been launched over the incident of pelting stones on the India’s fastest train on tracks.

“Railways’ fastest train -Train 18 running at 180 km/h between Delhi and Agra at this time… Srinivas, the Chief Design Engineer of ICF is in the cab, they touched 181 kmh for record sake… Some vandal threw a stone breaking a glass, hope we nab him,” tweeted Sudhanshu Manu, General Manager of the Integral Coach Factory that manufactured these state-of-the-art rakes.

The incident is being investigated, officials said.

The country’s first engineless train will replace Shatabdi trains and will run between Delhi and Varanasi.

Train 18,fitted with amenities at par with the best in the world — from on-board WiFi to a GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature .

It is manufactured by ICF Chennai at a cost of Rs 100 crore, recently became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route.

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