India’s first locomotive-less train or Train 18 successfully crossed the 180 kmph speed limit during a trial run on Sunday. The indigenously designed train has now become the country’s fastest train. This is also the country’s first train to be fully designed and built in India.
This semi-high speed train is capable of touching 200 kmph and it may replace the current Shatabdi Express.
The train has 16 coaches and same passenger capacity like that of Shatabdi Express. Train 18 was completely designed, built and developed at Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in 18 months. And they are planning to roll out one more train this fiscal year.
The train is expected to begin its service in January 2019, informed a senior official of ICF.
“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,” S. Mani, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.
“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,” said Mr.Mani.