Train 18 was conceptualised, designed and manufactured in India by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. The rake that was unveiled on Monday has 16 chair car coaches. It took 18 months to develop. Executive class seats, the train’s transformer and braking system have been imported.
Train 18 is designed to look like a Bullet Train but it won’t be nearly as fast. It will be tested for a top speed of 160kmph, though designed for 220kmph. That will make it India’s fastest, though on a par with Gatiman Express (whose official speed has now been reduced to 130kmph).
A regular coach has 78 seats, the driving coaches have 44 seats each and the two executive chair cars can seat 52 each and. EC coach chairs can be rotated to face the direction of travel.
ENGINE ROOM, NO ENGINE
The train is driven by a self propulsion module and has no separate locomotive. Every alternate coach is motorised for even distribution of power and faster acceleration/deceleration.
LESSER TRAVEL TIME
It could cut travel time by 15% compared to Shatabdi. But for Train 18 to hit those speeds, tracks will also need to be modified.
ICF will send it for speed tests on the Moradabad-Bareilly and KotaSawai Madhopur stretches next month. A second trainset will be ready by March. ICF will also make two trainsets with sleeper class coaches. Total of five trainsets will be built by April 2020.
TRAIN 18 STILL A LONG WAY OFF THE PACE