India’s first locomotive-less train, known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run on Sunday, a senior railway official said in New Delhi. Minister of Railway Piyush Goyal put out a tweet which had a video of visuals of the Train 18 running at full speed.
Train 18 will become the country’s fastest train in the country once it is made operational. Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will release one more Train 18 this fiscal and four by the next fiscal.
“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, General Manager of ICF that has manufactured the train, said.
“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,” Mani added.
This train comprised of as many as 16 coaches including the driving coach with around 44 seats and 78 seats installed in trailer coaches. Two disabled-friendly toilets have also been installed in the train and there is a space for baby care along with special pantry units.
Moreover, CCTV cameras on both the sides of driving cab have been installed in order to help the driver to monitor the movement of passengers on the platform before closing the doors and hitting the tracks.
It has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations. The train sports an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power.
The fully air-conditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage, so that more space is available on board, officials said.