Indian Railways is all set to roll out its much-awaited indigenously built semi-high speed train. Known as Train 18 or T18, India’s first engine-less train, which is being regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express, is set for trials on 29 October.

What’s New in T18 – India’s first engine-less train?

  • Completely Made-in-India, fulfilling the International standards
  • Equipped with Wi-fi, Infotainment, GPS, Bio Vacuum Systems
  • Train 18 is expected to run at the speed of 160 kmph
  • Classy interiors
  • It’s a technological innovation leap by the Indian Railways

High-Speed rail in India

10 facts about Train 18:

  1. T18 is designed and developed by Chennai-based integral coach factory in 18 months, the fully AC train is integrated with Classy interiors has two separate cabins for drivers at both ends.
  2. T18 is driven by a self-propulsion module doesn’t require a separate locomotive, and is capable of hitting the tracks at a speed up to 160 kmph
  3. T18 is a 16 coach prototype which expected to cut travel time by 15 per cent compared to the on-going Shatabdi Express Trains.
  4. The train is getting unveiled today and a trial will be conducted. After the trials train would be handed over to the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) for further trials.
  5. T18 is a Semi-High speed train whose is equivalent to Shatabdi Express in terms of speed but is special and different in more than one ways.
  6. Giving a big push to technology and Innovation to passenger service, T-18 is a fully air-conditioned 16-coach train, comes with automatic sliding doors, sliding stairs for passengers easy to commute.
  7. In addition to this, Speakers and LED screens have also been installed in all coaches to provide information to the passengers.
  8. According to Indian Railways, a lot of emphases has been given to the safety of the train.
  9. Doors of each coach are driver controlled, so it is impossible for passengers to travel on doors.
  10. According to sources, 44 to 78 passengers will be able to travel in every coach of this train; T-18 is completely made in India and made for India.

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