Train 18, India’s first long-distance train sans separate engine, was flagged off at the ICF premises by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. This semi-high speed train is set to replace the 30 year old, legendary Shatabdi. The swanky Train 18, is presently undergoing short trial runs near Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory, in order to ensure it’s technical prowess- braking system, AC systems etc. During this time, the crew will undergo training for operating the train and reach New Delhi on 7th November 2018.
“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,” he added.
Train 18… & Everything That Comes With It…
- Train 18 is the first self- propelled train in India.
- It comes equipped with enhanced quick acceleration.
- The train has the potential to travel upto 160 kmph as against Shatabdi’s 130 kmph, reducing travel time considerably.
- This full AC carrier has 16 coaches.
- The footsteps slide outwards ensuring safe alighting.
- The train has 2 Executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each,
- The trailer coaches have 78 seats each
- It is replete with diffused lighting, automatic doors and GPS based passenger information system.
- The seats are capable of 360 degrees rotation mode to align towards the direction of travel.
- Other features include onboard infotainment, wifi, vacuum toilets and continuous windows.
With Train 18 already hitting the tracks for trials, the railways will now turn its focus on another project – Train 20 – the next generation aluminium-bodied sleeper class trains that will replace the Rajdhani Express trains on the network and is expected to be rolled out by 2020.
Train travel will only get better…. and upbeat…. hopefully not pricey! Whatever maybe the case, this is definitely slated to bring comfortable travel to the fore. Definitely, a thumbs up!