10 facts about India’s first engine-less train, Train 18

Chennai: India’s first engine-less semi-high speed train – “Train 18” – was flagged off by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani here on Monday.

Here are 10 interesting facts about Rs 100-crore indigenously developed engineless train:

  1. Train 18 has a potential to travel up to the speed at 160 kmph as against 130 kmph for Shatabdis.
  2. India’s first engine-less train was developed by Chennai Integral Coach Factory in 18 months, the full AC train is designed in such a way that passengers can have a look at the driver’s cabin.
  3. Train-18 has two driving trailer coaches with aerodynamic driver’s cab (nose cone) on both the ends which will enable quicker turn-around time at destinations.
  4. The coach doors will open only when the train touches zero kmph and the train will start only when all the coach doors are properly closed
  5. The self-propelled train, fitted with CCTV cameras, will have two executive compartments comprising 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches will have 78 seats each.
  6. Train 18 has diffused lighting, an on-board infotainment system with Wi-Fi, vacuum toilets, sliding doors besides a GPS-based passenger information system.
  7. The train will have automated sliding steps uptil the platform avoiding the risk of a passenger falling.
  8. Train 18, a 100 per cent ‘Make in India’ project, will have a stainless steel car body with LHB as the base design.
  9. A unique feature of the executive chair car seats is that they can be rotated 180 degrees to face fellow passengers and can be aligned in the direction of travel.
  10. A mini pantry will be instituted in each coach of Train 18 and will have state-of-the-art equipment

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