India’s first engine-less train, Train 18, which is also being called as a successor to the Shatabdi Express, is now all set to hit the tracks for trials on 29th October 2018.
The train is capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph is driven by a self-propulsion module without a separate locomotive and comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.
The new train with the swanky 16-coach prototype is expected to cut the travel time by 15 percent as compared to the Shatabdi Express.
This new train has been developed by the city-based Integral Coach Factory in only 18 months. The train which is fully AC is designed in such a way that passengers can have a look at the driver’s cabin.
Sudhanshu Mani, who is ICF General Manager told to the media that it cost nearly Rs 100 crore to build the prototype and subsequent production would bring down the cost.
He added, “It will be unveiled on October 29, then it will do three to four days of trial outside the factory and then will be handed over to Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for further trials.”
India’s first engine-less train is fitted with CCTV cameras, would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each. The trailer coaches of the train would have 78 seats each. The new Train 18 has diffused lighting, automatic doors, and footsteps beside GPS-based Passenger Information System.
The footstep in a coach’s doorway slides outward when the train stops at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort in view of the variation in height between a train’s floor and the platform.
The train can go up to the speed at 160 kmph as against 130 kmph of Shatabdi Express.