India’s First Indigenously Built Engine-Less Train
India’s first engine-less semi-high-speed train – “Train 18” – will eventually replace the Shatabdi Express for inter-city travel. The 16-coach semi-high speed ‘trainset’ built at a cost of Rs 100 crore per rake with 80 percent Indian component has been designed for a maximum operating speed of 160 kmph, officials said. This is the first long-distance train sans separate locomotive (engine). The fully air-conditioned train, driven by a self-propulsion module, has the potential to become the country’s fastest train provided the infrastructure was improved, according to Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. Fitted with CCTV cameras, Train-18 would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each. It has diffused lighting, automatic doors, and footsteps besides GPS-based passenger information system.