Named as the Indian Railways’ Train 18, India’s first ever engineless train is inching closer to be launched and is being tested for the first time on the standard railway tracks at Bareilly-Moradabad section today.
Train 18 is India’s first fully automatic engineless passenger train that has been built at a cost of Rs 100 crore in 18 months by the Integral Coach Factory along with the Indian Railways. The swanky 16-coach fully air-conditioned train is powered by a self-propulsion module and can speed up to a speed of 160 kmph. Besides being the first engineless train of India, Train 18 is loaded with modern features for enhanced quick acceleration and lesser maintenance compared to standard trains.
The development of India’s first engineless train is complete and is up for first real railway track trial run today. The Indian Railways and Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) team have conducted the trial run on the Bareilly-Moradabad section today. And the teams will deeply analyse the functioning of running engineless train to find out any possible technical glitches and minor errors. A senior officer reported that some minor problems are expected in the trial since it is the first-of-its-kind train in India and but after the trial, it was confirmed that Train 18 had no major issues.
After finishing the trials, the train will be sent to Delhi to be certified by the Commission of Railway Safety and be all ready for making a debut in the Indian Railways. Once certified, the train will be deployed for real-life journeys and the Integral Coach Factory will receive a green flag to manufacture four more such engineless trains and deliver them by the end of 2019-20 production year as these trains are high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled trains for a modern India.