Indian Railways Orders 40 More Train 18 Sets For Massive Roll Out On New Routes

A view of the Train 18 at Safdarjung station, during its trial run, on November 14, 2018 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India’s fastest train, the indigenously developed and manufactured Train 18, officially known as the Vande Bharat Express, is all set to see a massive expansion in its presence on the country’s railway tracks as Indian Railways has ordered 40 more units of the train set, reports Deccan Herald.

Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board said that the Integrated Coach Factory has gone into full gear in order to meet the massive target.

“To improve the safety of Train 18, in the event of cattle crossing, it has been planned to fit the driver cabin crash guard with aluminium design in place of FRP,” he revealed.

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Agarwal also mentioned that with the production of 3262 coaches in FY19, ICF had become the largest coach manufacturer globally. It plans to create a new record by crossing the 4,000 mark this year.

A sleeper version of Train 18, known as Train 19, is also currently under development by the ICF. Agarwal said that even though foreign countries had expressed interest in Train 18, exports would only be considered once domestic demand was met.

Also Read: Vande Bharat Express Creates Punctuality Record, Maintains On-Time Operations On Virtually All Days

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