Attention Railway lovers! The Indian Railways is all set to roll out the country’s first engine-less and Made in India train by October 29.
Train 18, which is set to replace the legendary premium Shatabdi Express is said to have been built by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, in a record time of 20 months!
If you are yet to catch up on the sight of this divine beauty, check out the pictures below with some interesting facts about Train 18!
The swanky train is a 100% ‘Make in India’ project, manufactured at the ICF (Integral Coach Factory), Chennai. It is claimed to be built at half the cost of a similar train set that is imported, mentions a Financial Express report.
The full AC train is equipped to run at a speed of up to 160 kmph as against Shatabdi’s 130 kmph which will cut down travel time by 15 per cent, once the tracks are fit to suit Train 18’s speed.
T-18 is not only a self-propelled engine-less train (similar to the Metro trains) but also energy-efficient as its coaches will be fitted with LED lights.
The train is set to have 16 chair-car type coaches, both executive and non-executive. Every train will have two executive coaches and 14 non-executive coaches.
While the seating capacity of the executive chair is 56 passengers, non-executive cars will accommodate 78. The chairs in the executive class will be fully rotatable, and all coaches will have luggage racks.
Notably, these coaches will
- be equipped with CCTV cameras,
- have automatic doors and retractable footsteps,
- be inter connected with fully sealed gangways
along with a GPS-based Passenger Information System.
Moreover, infotainment and on-train Wi-Fi will ensure passengers can enjoy their journey.
According to the Financial Express report, Train 18 will also be equipped with zero discharge bio-vacuum toilets and have dedicated spaces to park wheelchairs for differently-abled passengers.
Replacing the loco-hauled Shatabdi Express, Train 18 will set out on the 707 km route between Delhi and Bhopal soon.
Check out this short video of the train’s testing in progress.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)