PM Modi to soon flag off ‘Train 18’ on Delhi-Varanasi route: Piyush Goyal

PM Modi to soon flag off ‘Train 18’ on Delhi-Varanasi route: Piyush Goyal

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Date of post: 11 01, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon flag off Train 18, the country’s fastest train on the Delhi-Varanasi route, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said. He added that the train, built under the ‘Make In India’ initiative, will pave the way for bullet trains.

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  • Goyal was speaking at the launch of PSU Concor’s containers voyage through coastal shipping, flagged by Shipping and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
  • Train 18’s run-time would be 8 hours, around 1-and-a-half times faster than the fastest train on the route, Goyal said.
  • He said,”For bullet trains, this will be the first baby step in that direction.”
  • The Railways has taken several initiatives in the last 4-and-half years and has completely stopped old coaches and introduced LHB coaches for passenger safety, Goyal said.
  • Indian Railways will be one of the first railways in the world to be run entirely on electricity.
  • A Rail University has also been begin with the objective to augment the transportation sector, he added.
  • Train 18 has “amenities of international standards, is Wi-Fi enabled, CCTV cameras and it has no locomotive or engine. It is a trainset. It will cover the 750-km route at a maximum speed of 160kmph,” the railway minister had said earlier this month.
  • Goyal had said, there will be two classes – one regular and another executive class and they will be fully air-conditioned.
  • The Train 18 has a number of features to enhance passenger comfort including-
    1. Interconnected fully-sealed gangways
    2. Automatic doors with retractable footsteps
    3. GPS-based passenger information system
    4. Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems
    5. Rotational seats that can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the executive class)
    6. Roller blinds
    7. Diffused LED lighting
    8. Differently-abled-friendly toilets.

To know more about recent developments of Railways –

11 Jan, 2019: CONCOR, a PSU of Indian Railways commences coastal operations

10 Jan, 2019: Indian Railways achieves its target of eliminating all unmanned level crossings on its network

08 Jan, 2018: SAIL expects to supply 10 lakh tonne steel for railways tracks in 2018-19


Narinder Sharma is a part of the content team of Rail Analysis India as a writer and marketing executive.
His interest is in the Railways, Metro and Transportation Sector of India.
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