Railways To Say Goodbye To Shatabdi Express, Replace Them With ‘Make In India’ Train 18
Railways To Say Goodbye To Shatabdi Express, Replace Them With ‘Make In India’ Train 18A render of what Train 18 will look like

Indian Railways (IR) is looking at replacing its premium train Shatabdi Express with a new train – the Train 18, named after the current year – that will be a semi-high speed train. Set to make its debut in June this year, Train 18 will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Perambur, Chennai, and will feature a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour.

The train will comprise 16 fully air-conditioned chair car coaches with both executive and non-executive configurations.

Toilets in the train will be zero-discharge vacuum toilets, and the entire train will be interconnected with a sealed vestibule gangway. The Railways says it will be manufactured at half the cost of a similar train being imported to India.

The new coaches will be modelled on the Linke Hoffman Busch (LHB) coaches with a stainless steel body and continuous windows. It will feature automatic doors and a sliding step which will come out when the door opens.

Unlike existing trains, it will not be a locomotive-hauled train but a self-propelled trainset with cabins at either end that will allow easy reversal at terminal stations along with faster acceleration and an overall reduced travel time.

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