New Delhi, Mar 28: In view of keeping itself updated with technology and serving passengers more better, Indian railways will be rolling out its first engines-less train in June month. The train will be run at a speed of 160 km per hour.
The specialty of Train 18–named because it is being launched in 2018– will be metro like self-propelled. Recently Delhi Metro launched driver less metro. This will be seen as biggest step of railways towards technology. Cutting travel time by half, the train will replace premium Shatabadi in coming time.
Made under ‘Make in India’ project, super fast Train 18 will be lifetime experience for passengers. Railways will be providing world class amenities to its passengers. The train will be manufactured at Integral Coach factory (ICF) in Chennai. The making cost of train will be Rs 100 crore.
However, the interior of Train 18 will be similar to Shatabadi like it will also have chair car type coaches. There will be two executive chair cars and 14 non-executive chair cars. The capacity of executive chair cars will be of 56 passengers and that of non-executive will be 78. The train will be fully air conditioned and will have WiFi. The other amenities includes automatic sliding doors, zero discharge vacuum-based bio toilets. It will cut down travel time by at least 20 percent in compare to trains at present.
On the sidelines, railways is also preparing Train 20 which will be train set of sleeper coaches and it will be rolled out in 2020. Indian railways is one of the world’s largest network and transports around 23 million people everyday. And with time it is also upgrading to provide its passengers a world class experience.
Recently, railways has also decided to cut fares of Shatabadi on some selected routes. Railways is doing this because of low passenger occupancy.