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.
- 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
- 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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