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
10 facts about Train 18:
- 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.
- 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
- T18 is a 16 coach prototype which expected to cut travel time by 15 per cent compared to the on-going Shatabdi Express Trains.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In addition to this, Speakers and LED screens have also been installed in all coaches to provide information to the passengers.
- According to Indian Railways, a lot of emphases has been given to the safety of the train.
- Doors of each coach are driver controlled, so it is impossible for passengers to travel on doors.
- 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.