New Delhi. November 20: The speed trial of the Train 18 was conducted successfully on the Moradabad-Bareilly route, "inching one step closer to full operationality." Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal called the train "revolutionary" and tweeted that the train's introduction is a "significant step towards modernisation of Railways." 10 Things to Know About Train 18- First Engine Less Train in India.
Train 18 is India's first engine-less train and is regarded as successor to the iconic Shatabdi Express. The train had a trial basis on Bareilly-Moradabad section on a standard railway track. Engineless Train 18 to Replace Shatabdi Express.
Watch the Video of the Train 18's Trial Run Below:
Train 18 will replace existing Shatabdi express trains. The ICF in its official statement said that it will make six such trains, out of which two will have sleeper coaches. After the successful implementation of Train 18, the Integral Coach Factory will start working towards 'Train 20' which will have a full aluminium body.
Laced with state-of-the-art features, all of its coaches will be inter-connected by fully sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based passenger information system, modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems, rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting and accessible toilet for people with disability. (With Agency Inputs)