In what would count as a landmark development, the Indian Railways is set to commission the revolutionary Train 18 on the Delhi-Bhopal route by January 2019. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) manufactured Train 18 is unique as it would run without a locomotive and achieve high speeds of up to 160 km/hr. The self-propelled train set has been named Train 18 after the year of its manufacture.
A video of the train getting built was uploaded by the official Facebook page of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai.
The first set of trains will replace Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express. These indigenous trains will not have a locomotive and the coaches will have traction motors fitted underneath them to make them self-propelled.
As reported by us, this train is expected to be fully air-conditioned and will roll out by October for the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) to carry out extensive tests pursuant to which the train would be commissioned to replace the Shatabdi connecting Delhi and Bhopal.
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