Date of Post: 03 Dec, 2018
Efforts are on to launch the first indigenously-built Trainset ‘Train 18’ on December 25 between New Delhi and Varanasi. During a trial on Sunday, the indigenously developed ‘Train 18’ passed the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section.
- However, the decision on its launch date and fare were yet to be taken as the trial was not yet complete, a senior railway official said.
- According to the tentative plan, the train will start from New Delhi station at 6 a.m. and is expected to reach Varanasi, at 2 p.m.
- For the return journey, the train will start at 2.30 p.m., from Varanasi and reach the national capital at 10.30 p.m.
- On Sunday, The train started its trial run at 9.30 a.m., from Kota, and returned to the junction at 6 p.m., after negotiating several rivers, bridges and curves.
- Now, the Trainset has to undergo what is called a long confirmatory run and also test its emergency braking distance before it gets a clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), for commercial operations to commence.
- The official said,”We are expecting the trials to be over in a week and after that we will seek CRS clearance.”
- Although the speed touched 180 kmph during Sunday’s trial run, the Train-18 will only be allowed to run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph in its commercial operations.
- After the successful completion of 115 kmph test run last week on the Bareli-Moradabad section, the indigenously developed ‘Train 18’ is required to undergo the 180 kmph trial run till December 4.
- The Rs 100 crore Trainset aims to take passenger-comfort to a new level with onboard WiFi, a GPS-based information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.
- The 16-coach train will have two executive compartments with 52 seats each, and trailer coaches will have 78 seats each.
- The ‘Train 18’ does not require a locomotive as it is a self-propelled on electric traction, like metro trains.
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