Shatabdi, one of the crown jewels of the Indian Railways is soon to be replaced by a semi-high speed Made in India, ‘Train 18’.
Under the government's scheme to replace all the long distance trains with trains running at 25km per hour by 2022, the Shatabdi Express will be replaced by Train 18, which is a semi-high speed train with state-of-the-art amenities. These trains will be used for inter-city travelling.
The trains are being constructed under the Make in India initiative at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.
Train 18 is a first of his kind self-propelled train that is going to help reduce time and increase travelling experience. The railway has been working towards making train travel fast and safe. Special corridors are being planned to run the train at the speed of 200-225 kmph.
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Train 18 will be running at the speed of 160kmph. These trains will retire premium Indian Expresses like Rajdhani and Shatabdi.
A report by IANS says that, the testing of the new high speed train will start in September, while the Railways will introduce them after thorough trails are conducted. The trails will be conducted by the technical adviser to Indian Railways, Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
The Made in India Train 18 will have steel coaches and include facilities like LED TV screens, diffused LED lighting system, GPS and infotainment. The train will also have automatic plug-type doors with retractable footsteps and rotational seats which will enhance passengers' comfort. Other feature of the train are a zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets, sealed gangways, roller blinds, divyang-friendly toilets, etc.
As the trains will be self-propelled, they won’t require tracks and will run on electric traction. Six such trains will be built in the first go, and the ICF will decide on further production depending on the requirement.
Railway also plans to introduce Train 20 by 2020, whose body will be made of aluminium, unlike Train 18, whose body is made of steel.
These trains are built under the Make in India scheme at half the import cost. The cost of Train 18 coach will be around 2.5 crore, while the cost for Train 20 coach will be 5.5 crore. The intentions of the government in building such trains is clear, it wants to replace old traditional trains and bring in new, faster and safer trains on the tracks.
The government intends to increase the speed of long-distance passenger trains and has asked the zonal railway managers to increase the speed by 5 km per year.
Do this and the trains will reach the target of increase in speed by 25 kmph, by 2022.
Information Source: businesstoday
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