Date of Post: 30 Oct, 2018
Chennai: Railway Board Chairman Mr Ashwani Lohani on monday unveiled, India’s first engine-less train, “Train 18”, which is developed by the ICF (Integral Coach Factory). The Rs. 100-crore train is the first long-distance train, without a separate locomotive (engine). ICF officials said, Mr Lohani had flagged off this at the ICF premises and it would undergo trials in the coming months.
- Mr Lohani said, the fully AC train, driven by a self-propulsion module, had the potential to become the country’s fastest train provided the infrastructure was bettered.
- He said that ICF will produce 5 more units of this train by the end of 2019-20 production year.
- As compared to the 30-year old Shatabdi, this 16-coach train will cut journey time by 15%.
- Mr Lohani also said, “It is a matter of pride that India has made such a train for the first time and that too ICF has done it within 18 months.”
- Mr Lohani adding more on to this, “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.”
- ICF General Manager Sudhanshu Mani had earlier said the train cost nearly Rs. 100 crore to build the prototype and subsequent production would bring down the cost.
- The train is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph and comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration, according to ICF.
- The train is designed in such a manner that passengers could have a look at the driver’s cabin.
- The Train 18 would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each and trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.
- The Train 18 has-
- CCTV cameras
- Diffused lighting
- Automatic doors
- Footsteps 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.
Some other features of the Train 18 are –
- Rotating seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel
- Onboard infotainment system with non-stop Wi-Fi
- Vacuum toilets
- Sliding doors and continuous windows for a contemporary modern look
Special Team Created to Ensure Speedy Trials-
Railways has set up a separate team to ensure speedy trials of the first indigenously-built semi-high speed train, Train-18. A separate directorate of 6 senior officials has been created In the RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Organisation) to ensure speedy trials of the Train 18 and subsequently other such trains in future on the Indian rail network.
- Before reaching New Delhi on Nov 7, the brand new Train-18 will undergo short runs near ICF for 5 days for testing its braking system, the on board air conditioning and other systems as well as for familiarising the crew with the control systems.
- A senior Railway Ministry official said, “The new train will then move to the Moradabad-Bareli section for 150 kmph speed trials for a few days.”
- Thereafter, the train will run from Kota to Sawai Madhopur for the final trial at a speed of 160 kmph.
- The official said, “Both sections will have empty and sandbag loaded trials and the RDSO will monitor the entire process before giving the green signal for the commercial run between Delhi and Bhopal.”
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