Moradabad: India’s first engine-less train, Train 18 successfully completed the speed trial on tracks at Moradabad-Bareilly section on Tuesday, stated Piyush Goyal, Indian Minister of Railways and Coal, in his Twitter handle.
The minister tweeted a video of the successful operation with a tweet that read: “The speed trial of the revolutionary Train 18 was conducted successfully on the Moradabad-Bareilly route, inching one step closer to full operationality. The train’s introduction is a significant step towards modernisation of Railways.”
According to Railways, the train was made to run at three different speeds of 30 kilometers per hour (Km/hr), 50 Km/hr and 60 Km/hr respectively. The maximum speed of the “Train 18” is 220 Km/hr.
Assistant Operations Manager (AOM), Coaching, DP Singh told ANI, “Initially, the train was sped at 30 Km/hr for testing train followed by 50 Km/hr. While the third time it was made to run at 60 Km/hr while an eye was also kept on the functioning of its brakes apart from other parameters over which the train was tested.”
Earlier on Monday, the train performed a trial run on the Moradabad-Rampur section of Northern Indian Railways. The trial run is conducted to ensure the proper functioning of the brake system as the train runs at different speeds. To keep track of the speed, jerking and other features while the train is sped, a working desk designed by Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) was fixed inside the train, stated officials.
Train 18 has 16 coaches which include driving coach with around 44 seats and 78 seats installed in trailer coaches. Moreover, two disabled-friendly toilets are installed in the train and there are spaces for baby care with special pantry units.
(With Agency inputs)