Country’s engine-less train conducted recently on the Bareilly-Moradabad section, now Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run on Sunday, a senior railway official said here.
When this Rs 100-crore indigenously designed train is made operational, it will become the country’s fastest train.
“Train 18 breached the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. The major trials are now over, with just some more remaining. Based on the reports, fine tuning would be done if needed. As of now no major technical problem has cropped up,” S Mani, General Manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF) that has manufactured the train, said.
“We expect Train 18 to commence its commercial run from January 2019. Normally the trials take three months. But now it is happening faster than expected,” Mani added.
If all things go well, Train 18 will replace the current Shatabdi Express – a day train. Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways’ system such as tracks and signals permit, officials said.
The ICF will roll out one more Train 18 this fiscal and four by the next fiscal.