Train 18, which is India’s first locomotive-less train, crossed the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run on Sunday. Train 18 is going to be a 100-crore indigenously designed train. Also it will become the country’s fastest train.
S Mani, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) that has manufactured the train, said,“Train 18 breached the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. The major trials are now over, with just some more remaining. Based on the reports, fine tuning would be done if needed. As of now no major technical problem has cropped up.”
He added,“We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected.”
According to the officials, if all things go well, Train 18 will replace the current Shatabdi Express — a day train. Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways’ system such as tracks and signals permit.
Also Train 18 has 16 coaches same as that of the Shatabdi Express.It has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations.The train has an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power. It is fully air-conditioned and hence offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage, so that more space is available on board.
ICF is expected to roll out one more Train 18 this fiscal and four by the next fiscal.