Chennai: Today, with a trial run India fastest train “Train 18” seen as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. Train 18 will roll out of Chennai’s Integral and Coach Factory. Train 18 has state of the art features including seats that can be aligned in the direction of travel. This is the first train that does not have an engine and will cut travel time by 15 percent compared to the Shatabdi.
The features are really attractive and it is fully air-conditioned. Train-18 comes with onboard infotainment system with Wi-Fi, Vacuum Toilets, sliding doors and continues windows for a contemporary modern look are some other features of the train set.
It also has diffused lighting, automatic doors and sliding footsteps beside GPS-based Passenger Information System and charging points at every seat. Train 18 is fitted with CCTV cameras, would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each, where trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.
‘Train 18’ built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the first train set will have a few imported components such French- made seats, brakes, and couplers from Germany, along with Czech-made door system, all of which are to be indigenized for the next rake.
The Train 18 is prepared so well that the train would start only after all doors are shut. The train will reach Delhi on November 7 and then move to the Moradabad- Bareilly section for the second round of test run. Hence, the final trials will be held between Kota and Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan.