The Investigation Styles and Requirements Organisation on Monday explained the trial run of indigenously developed engineless train — ‘Train 18’ — was efficiently carried out up to 115 kmph on tracks in Moradabad division of Northern Railway.
RDSO’s Executive Director M.Z. Khan in a statement explained, “The Train 18 has efficiently finished its operating and performance trials up to the velocity of 115 kmph on nominated track stretches in Moradabad division getting defined track geometry parameters, curved alignments of specific radius and station yard zones.”
He explained the Train 18 will now be sent to Kota division in West Central Railways for validating its performance at its built velocity of 160 kmph.
The official explained the performance of the newly constructed train has been satisfactory and that the trials are progressing as per the schedule.
Khan explained Railways will be initiating the procedure for getting important approvals from the designated authorities for induction of the Train 18 into commercial service after completion of the trials in Kota division.
Developed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Chennai, the train will market ‘Make in India’, and is capable of operating at a velocity of 160 km per hour.
It will be self-propelled on electrical traction like metro trains and it does not demand an engine to run.
“Train 18” will exchange the current train fleet of the Shatabdi Express, Railway Ministry officials explained, incorporating the ICF will make 6 this kind of train sets, out of which two will have sleeper coaches.
The new train has some features to enhance passenger comfort which include inter-linked thoroughly sealed gangways, automated doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based mostly passenger information and facts process, modular toilets with bio-vacuum techniques, rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (obtainable only in the executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting, and disabled-pleasant toilets.