Indian Railways To Start Trials for Indigenously-Built Semi-High Speed ‘Train 18’ from September

Indian Railways To Start Trials for Indigenously-Built Semi-High Speed ‘Train 18’ from September

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Date of Post: 27 Aug, 2018

New Delhi: The Indian Railways will start trials for indigenously-built semi-high speed ‘Train 18’ from next month, a senior official of the ministry said. Once, successfully tested, it shall be inducted in the railways fleet. The RDSO (Research Design & Standards Organisation) will conduct testing and give its validation to the train.

More Information:

  • Rather than being pulled by a locomotive, ‘Train 18’ sets are powered by traction motors fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled, just like metro trains.
  • The made-in-India fleet was earlier scheduled for roll-out in June.
  • The Train 18, which is built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, would promote “Make in India”.
  • The official said, the Train 18 is capable of running at a speed of 160 kmph.
  • The Train 18 series will replace existing fleet of the Shatabdi Express trains.
  • The ICF will make 6 such train sets, out of which 2 will have sleeper coaches, the official also said.

The Train-18 have features which Include-

  • 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 which can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the executive class)
  • Roller blinds and diffused LED lighting
  • Disabled-friendly toilets

‘Train 20’

  • Upon successful implementation of Train 18, the IFC will start working on ‘Train 20’ which will have an all aluminum body.
  • Aluminum will make the train more aesthetic, lightweight, energy efficient, and durable.


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