Train 18, the fully air conditioned train is driven by a self propulsion module,can run at a speed of upto 160kmph and comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.
The trial run for the country’s engine-less train will be conducted today on the the Bareilly-Moradabad section.
The 16-coach semi high speed ‘trainset’ built at a cost of Rs 100 crore per rake with 80 per cent Indian component had been designed for a maximum operating speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
India’s first engine-less semi-high train will be eventually replacing the Shatabdi Express for intercity travel.
Potential to be Country’s fastest train
This is the first long distance train sans separate locomotive(engine).The fully air conditioned train is driven by a self propulsion module.has the potential to become the country’s fastest train provided the infrastructure was improved,according to Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani.
Five more units of the train would be produced by the ICF by the end of 2019-20 production year.
The 16-coach train was built in 18 months.It left for Delhi on November 11 and reached the national capital 2 days later.After the test-run,the train was hauled by a locomotive to take it to Delhi as it should not run on its own until the commission of Railway Safety certifies it.
The Classy Coaches
The swanky 16-coach train will cur journey time by 15 per cent compared to the 30-year old Shatabdi.
Train 18 has two driving trailer coaches with aerodynamic driver’s cab(nose cone) on both the ends which will enable quicker turn-around time at destinations.Every alternative coach is motorized,to ensure even distribution of power and faster acceleration/deceleration.
Fitted with CCTV cameras, Train 18 would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each,whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.
It has diffused lighting,automatic doors and footsteps besides GPS-based passenger information system.
The footsteps in the coaches of the doorways are designed in such a way that it would slide outward when the train stopped at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort in view of the variation in height between a trains floor and the platform.
All the equipment are below the chassis of the coaches leaving the complete on board space for passenger movement.All the coaches are connected by fully sealed gangways with integrated bridge plates,where passengers can walk around freely.
“It’s a matter of pride that India has made such a train fro the first time and that too ICF has done it within 18 months”, as told by Mr Lohani to the reporters when the train was unveiled last month.
Next Upcoming for Railways
With train 18 set to go for the trials,the railways will now focus on another project – Train 20- the next generation aluminium-bodied sleeper class trains that will replace the Rajdhani Express trains on the network and is expected to be rolled out by 2020.