The Investigate Models and Specifications Organisation on Monday explained the trial run of indigenously developed engineless train — ‘Train 18’ — was efficiently carried out up to 115 kmph on tracks in Moradabad division of Northern Railway.
RDSO’s Executive Director M.Z. Khan in a statement explained, “The Train 18 has efficiently completed its running and effectiveness trials up to the velocity of 115 kmph on nominated track stretches in Moradabad division obtaining defined track geometry parameters, curved alignments of certain radius and station yard zones.”
He explained the Train 18 will now be sent to Kota division in West Central Railways for validating its effectiveness at its developed velocity of 160 kmph.
The official explained the effectiveness of the newly created train has been satisfactory and that the trials are progressing as per the routine.
Khan explained Railways will be initiating the system for getting required approvals from the designated authorities for induction of the Train 18 into commercial services just after completion of the trials in Kota division.
Developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai, the train will advertise ‘Make in India’, and is capable of running at a velocity of 160 km per hour.
It will be self-propelled on electric traction like metro trains and it does not require an engine to run.
“Train 18” will change the existing train fleet of the Shatabdi Express, Railway Ministry officials explained, adding the ICF will make 6 this kind of train sets, out of which two will have sleeper coaches.
The new train has some functions to enhance passenger comfort which consist of inter-connected totally sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based mostly passenger data process, modular toilets with bio-vacuum methods, rotational seats which can be aligned in the route of travel (available only in the executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting, and disabled-friendly toilets.