This Article is From Nov 20, 2018

India's First Engineless Train Likely To Start Operating By December 15

The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month amid much fanfare by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai.

India's First Engineless Train Likely To Start Operating By December 15

The gleaming, blue-nosed train has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train

Highlights

  • Train 18 is currently undergoing trials in Moradabad
  • The gleaming, blue-nosed train has a cone-shaped frontage
  • Train 18 will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph from Delhi
New Delhi:

Train 18, the country's first engine-less semi-high speed train, is likely to start operating by December 15, a senior railway ministry official told PTI.

The train is currently undergoing trials in Moradabad.

"Train 18 will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph between either Delhi and Varanasi or Delhi and Bhopal," the official said.

The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month amid much fanfare by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai.

"We have successfully achieved a speed of 120 kmph during trials. We will achieve a speed of 160 kmph and run the train likely by December 15," the official said.

The gleaming, blue-nosed train has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train.

It comes fitted with amenities on par with the best in the world - from on-board WiFi to GPS-based passenger information system, 'touch-free' bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that would adjust the temperature according to occupancy and weather.