Chennai : The first train made in India without engine, named “Train 18” will make its first commercial run in the track soon. The train with semi- high speed is meant for Indian Railway’s intercity travel. The test run of the train will be done in a week. Chennai Integral coach factory had done the making of the train.
Train 18 included in Make in India is the first of its kind, which is completely made in India. The train derived its name from the the present year : 2018. Indian railway will introduce Train 18 as a replacement of Shadabdhi trains. Train 18 is more efficient than the Shadabdhi trains hence it is expected to have a hike of 15% in the running speed. The plan is for a complete replacement of Shadabthi trains by 2022.
Train 18 is capable of accelerating to its peak speed in negligible time, 160Km/hr is the speed it can hit. Train 18 offers the best services available for the passengers, the making charge of the train is less the half the cost of importing a same make is another highlight, claims Chennai Integral Coach Factory.
The train is composed of 16 coaches within it hold 2 executive coaches and the rest are categorized as non-executive. The fully air conditioned train allows 56 passengers in the executive coach and 78 passengers in the non-executive coaches at the same time.
The base design is of stainless steel. Unlike the other trains Train 18 has the continuous transparent windows to it. The exterior and the interior of the train will embrace the passengers with newness. WiFi availability for each individual passenger draws the attention of the gadget freaks.
Automatic doors and footsteps, automatic interconnecting doors, luxurious connecting area allowing the passengers to move without any fuss. The completely sealed coach connecting areas add more security. Train 18 paid special care to look into the physically disabled by adding wheelchair cars to it.
Rubber flooring techniques is used for flooring, energy efficient LED lights are fixed by the windows. Bio Vacuum toilets assuring the hygiene. Train 18 has two driving cabins fixed to both its ends which saves the time for engine change or engine reverse.