Train 18 – India’s first engine-less train

Must Read

The Interim Budget 2019 Highlights: Piyush Goyal Presents Budget 2019

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, who given charge of the Finance Ministry owing to Arun Jaitley’s illness, presented The Interim...

Anna Burns win Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’

ANI | Northern Irish writer Anna Burns was announced the winner of the 50th Man Booker Prize for Fiction...

Dear Chocolate Lovers, Your Chocolates Will Extinct By 2040

Climate change is affecting our lives in all the possible ways. Now the new victim of this climate change...
Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is an author with her own identity as an individual. She has her own perspectives regarding various things. She loves to express her thinking, so a little bit of herself comes naturally in her writings too. She is the author of Six Hindi Literature books out of which two have been awarded.

Train 18 - India’s first engine-less train Train 18 – India’s first engine-less train is built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai under Make in India Project in a short period of 18 months. This train was launched by ICF on Tuesday with the aim to cut down travel time by at least 10% on shorter routes.

According to Sudhanshu Mani who is the GM of ICF, the train set will not transform travel experience, but also coach manufacturing in the country.

- Advertisement -

Here’s an interview of Sudhanshu Mani with the leading Indian news portal TOI – 

What is unique about the Train-18 experience?

Indians will soon get to travel in a train which has facilities on a par with flights. The plush interiors and compact toilets are world-class with touch-free fittings and vacuum system in aircraft. And all of this was built completely in India within 18 months; to build a similar train set, Train-20, foreign companies like Stradler, Siemens and Bombardier take three to four years.

What was the inspiration for the Train-18 idea?

For any developed rail network train sets is the natural step forward, as they cut down on travel time, are easy to turn-around at stations and have hassle-free maintenance. In India, this idea was debated for 20 years and became a victim of departmentalism in Indian Railways. But the more it is delayed, the more India will be left behind. I was determined to implement it and I realized that ICF was the right place to manufacture it as the staff and officers have the talent and enthusiasm and so went ahead with it.

What were the challenges in executing this idea?

There was a major doubt if this could be done without importing technology. Also, it had its share of naysayers in the Railway Board. A large part of the work was given to Indian companies which were challenged to finish the work at a record time and at competitive prices. Work which usually takes a year, was completed in four months. The railway minister and railway board chairman supported this initiative.

What upgradation can be expected for future rakes?

The exteriors and interiors are not yet of European standard. I’m not fully satisfied. The exterior should be as smooth as an automobile. These will be upgraded in future models.

What was the most difficult design element?

Seats. We wanted airline-like seats but realized that there are 500 aircraft in India, but none of the seats are made in India. So we had to import them from Spain. But we have ensured that two Indian companies, one in Chennai and another in Gurgaon, will learn and make similar seats and cater to the domestic airline industry. The challenge with the braking system, made by an Indian company, was to reduce the cost. They will be reducing the price for the upcoming third to the sixth rake.

ICF has the staff strength of 10,400, but a lot of work is outsourced to private firms. Is the government employee unable to deliver as well as the private agency?

There is no such shortcomings in the work of the government employee. Our plan is to not have a large workforce, but a competent and committed one. The staff strength is being reduced while production is going up. As far as outsourcing is concerned, it is equipment supply, installation and commissioning. We don’t want to get into a dispute between the supplier and ICF. ICF is also doing a lot of work in-house, for instance the Train-18 shell is made entirely by the staff.

Pictures: Train 18 – India’s first engine-less train 

Image Source: In shorts
Interview Source: TOI


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Jio bags triple honours at Golden Globe Tigers Award 2019

Jio, the digital services brand conceived with a mission to connect everyone and everything, has won three top awards...

Facebook to make London hub for WhatsApp Payments

Before it launches WhatsApp Pay in India, Facebook has selected London as base for the global roll-out of its digital payments service on the...

AI enabled feature for MS Word will suggest rewrites for complex sentences

In an attempt to augment employee skills, Microsoft has announced a new Artificial Intelligence, AI-enabled feature for Word that would suggest rewrites for complex...

Processed foods sold by MNC are raising undernutrition and obesity

Food experts feel that the processed foods which are being sold by multinational companies are raising undernutrition and obesity in the country. According to...

TCS will modernize Indian Post and its services

India Post has partnered with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become a multi-service digital hub, modernize the delivery of mail and...

Video games affect girls more than boys: A Study claims

Dear parents, please take note. Video games affect girls in the 6-12 age group, who are at a heightened risk of developing less social...

Patients CT and MRI scan results can be easily changed by hackers

Patients' CT and MRI scan results can be easily changed by hackers, thereby deceiving radiologists and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that diagnose malignant tumours,...

Tesla Robotaxis: Elon Musk says robotaxis will be ready by 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that the electric car maker is ready to fly autonomous robotaxis from 2020. Making a series of bold predictions...

Rising ocean temperatures: Oceans are warming up faster

Rising ocean temperatures Oceans are warming up faster.   A new study now finds that our oceans are much warmer than previously thought. Driven by climate...

More Articles Like This