NEW DELHI: India’s first locomotive-less less train, known as Train 18 on Sunday breached the 180 kmph speed limit a senior railway official said here. We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected,” S. Mani, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) that has manufactured the train, said.
“Train 18 breached the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. The major trials are now over, with just some more remaining. Based on the reports, fine tuning would be done if needed. As of now no major technical problem has cropped up,” S. Mani further stated. Mani also said the fully air-conditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage/coach, so that more space is available on board.
When this ₹ 100-crore indigenously designed train is made operational, it will become the country’s fastest train. The ICF will roll out one more Train 18 this fiscal and four by the next fiscal.