Train 18: Indian Railways’ first engine-less train, 10 things to know

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Train 18: Indian Railways' first engine-less train
Train 18: Indian Railways' first engine-less train

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Made-in-India, estimated cost of the engine-less train is Rs 100 crore
  • The trial run of Train 18 will begin on October 29
  • Train 18 can run at 160 kmph speed and has swanky interiors

named Train 18. Also known as T18, this train is set to hit the tracks for trials on October 29.

This is a significant leap by the Indian Railways in terms of technology innovation.

Here are 10 things about Train 18 that you should know about:

1. Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, Train 18 or T18, is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph. Train 18 comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.

2. The swanky 16-coach prototype without a locomotive (engine) will cut travel time by 15 per cent compared to the Shatabdi Express.

3. Developed by Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory in 18 months, the fully AC train is designed in such a way that passengers can see the driver’s cabin.

4. The estimated cost of each Train 18 vehicle is Rs 100 crore. Indian Railways’ Integrated Coach Factory General Manager Sudhanshu Mani said that subsequent production would bring down the cost compared to its current prototype.

5. Train 18 will be unveiled on October 29. A trial will be conducted for three to four days. The trial will be conducted outside the factory after which the train would be handed over to the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for further trials.

6. The self-propelled train, fitted with CCTV cameras, would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.

7. Though the maximum speed of Train 18 is 160 kmph against 130 kmph of Shatabdi, the issue could be the suitability of the existing tracks. The tracks are being improved and once the tracks are fit to suit Train 18’s speed, it would reduce travel time by around 15 per cent compared to Shatabdi.

8. Train 18 has diffused lighting, automatic doors and footsteps beside GPS-based Passenger Information System.

9. The footstep in a coach’s doorway slides outward when the train stops at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort. The footstep would adjust to the variation in height between a train’s floor and the platform.

10. Shatabdi was introduced in 1988 and is presently running on over 20 routes connecting metros with other important cities.

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