New Delhi: India’s first engineless train, code-named Train 18, will soon replace the existing Shatabdi Express on Delhi-Bhopal route. The Train-18 will run at a speed of 160 kmph. The existing Shatabdi train from Delhi-Bhopal takes about 8 hours. Train 18 would cut that by 3 hours, making the distance a total of 5 hours only.
Image Credit: ICF, Chennai
The Train 18, which is built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, would promote “Make in India”.
The ICF will make 6 such train sets, out of which 2 will have sleeper coaches.
The Train 18 will be launched by the end October.
The cost of manufacturing Train 18 is around Rs 6 crores.
This is 60% cheaper than the global cost of similar trains.
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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