Train 18 breaches 180 kmph-mark in test run. 10 interesting facts about the premium train

first_imgTrain 18, the country’s first locomotive-less train on Sunday (December 2) clocked a top speed of more than 180 kmph during a trial run.A senior railway ministry official confirmed that the first Train 18 will be made operational in January 2019. This indigenously manufactured train will replace the daytime Shatabdi Express.Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) General Manager Sudhanshu Mani told reporters that Train 18 breached 180 kmph speed near Kota-Sawai Madhopur station. He announced that all the major test runs and hinted that the premium train could be launched even before the expected date.While Train 18 is all set to become the country’s fastest operational train, here are some interesting facts about the premium express train:1) It is the first-ever ingenuously manufactured locomotive-less train and has been built by the ICF facility in Chennai. The self-propelled train will make inter-city trips and have been certified to have very good stability. It will also have better acceleration and deceleration.2) Train 18, however, will initially be rolled out with Linke-Hofmann Busch (LHB) AC chair car coaches for short-to-medium distance journeys. A long-distance variant is also in the pipeline.3) This is the first Indian train which is capable of causing at speeds over 180 kmph and also reaching top speeds of over 200 kmph, provided other technological advances in tracks and signals systems. The ICF plans to roll out two Train 18 units in 2019 and four by 2019-20. Each train requires an estimated budget of Rs 100 crore and the average cost per coach is estimated to be Rs 6 crore.4) The state-of-the-art train, also expected to save significant amount of energy, was unveiled on October 29, 2018 by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. The train was built in just 18-20 months.advertisement5) When operational, the semi-high speed train will become India’s fastest train, overtaking the Gatiman Express’s top speed of 160 kmph.6) Train 18 boasts of aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations. It will become the second train after the Tejas Express to sport automatic doors and sliding footsteps. It will make boarding and de-boarding much easier.7) The full air-conditioned express train houses several modern amenities that will satisfy passengers. It will have European-style seating arrangements, which officials said are firm and durable.8) The train will come along with sealed gangways for passenger security; it will also block outside noise and unwanted pollution.9) Passengers can also enjoy onboard Wifi or an infotainment system that will likely be embedded on the seat/chair ahead. GPS-enabled general passenger information such as location, time of arrival/ departure and train speed can also be accessed.10) The toilets will have touch-free set-up, a huge leap over the archaic washrooms seen on present-day coaches. Multi-level lighting is another feature that would be seen first time on a train.After yesterday’s successful trail run, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal praised the individuals behind building Train 18 on Twitter.Train 18 exceeds 180 kmph during trial. The stability of water bottles at this speed is testament to the quality of workmanship and design of our engineers, he said in a tweet.Also Read | Train 18 crosses 180 kmph speed limit during trial runAlso Watch | Pragati Express gets a makeover under Project Utkrishtlast_img read more