Date of Post: 25 Oct, 2018
Chennai: Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, going to hit the tracks for trials on October 29. Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, this train is capable of running at a top speed of up to 160 kmph, comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration. The swanky 16-coach prototype without a locomotive (engine) will reduced the travel time upto 15 % as compared to the Shatabdi.
- This full AC train is designed in such a manner that passengers can have a look at the driver’s cabin and developed by the city-based Integral Coach Factory in 18 months.
- It cost about Rs 100 crore approximately to build the prototype and subsequent production would bring down the cost, ICF General Manager Sudhanshu Mani said.
- He said “It will be unveiled on October 29, then it will do three to four days of trial outside the factory and then will be handed over to Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for further trials.”
- The self-moving train, installed with CCTV cameras, will have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each and trailer coaches will have 78 seats each.
- It is probable to travel up to the top speed at 160 kmph as against 130 kmph of Shatabdi once the tracks are fit to suit Train 18’s speed.
- Train 18 has – automatic doors and footsteps besides GPS-based Passenger Information System.
- The footstep in a coach’s doorway slides outward when the train stops at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort in view of the variation in height between a train’s floor and the platform.
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