Date Of Post : 20 Jan, 2018
New Delhi: The Railways is all set to introduce a couple of high-speed trains. The two trains – Train 18 & Train 20 – would replace Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express. These trains are being developed at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.
About The Trains-
- These trains would be the fastest in India when introduced.
- Railways is reportedly planning to roll out two Train 18 by August this year.
- Train 18 would replace Shatabdi trains, While Train 20 will take place of Rajdhani trains in a phase-wise manner, Sudhansu Mani, GM, ICF, said.
- Train 20 is likely to be rolled out on tracks by 2020.
- During trial runs the two trains clocked 176 kmph (kilometer per hour) speed.
- However, they will run at a maximum speed of 170 km per hour when commercial operations start.
- Currently, Gatiman Express is the fastest train in the India, with maximum speed of 160 kmph.
- The trains will be propelled by 6 motor coaches which would help in faster acceleration.
- The upcoming high-speed trains will be equipped with world-class features.
- The steel coaches will be fitted with hi-tech passenger amenities such as LED TV screens, GPS, diffuse lighting system.
- Apart from many safety features, the set of trains will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open and close automatically at the stations.
- The toilets of these coaches will be fitted with zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets.
- The high-speed trains, being developed under the ‘Make in India’ programme, at half the import cost.
- One Train 18 coach will cost Rs 2.50 crore.
- A Train 20 coach will cost around Rs 5.50 crore.
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