The Train 18 currently in the process of development at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, will be the fastest in India, running up to a maximum speed of 160km per hour. The completely indigenous coaches, to be deployed in Shatabdi and Tejas-like products, are designed to run at a top speed of 160 kmph. Instead of being pulled by a locomotive, they are powered by traction motors fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled. ICF officials said the final product would be no less than their European counterparts.
Train 18 will be a Second Class and a premium First Class
Driver cabins are installed in the last coaches on both ends, which means the train set can run both directions as needed, negating the current long-drawn process of engine-reversal for loco-hauled trains. The power, being distributed among all the coaches, makes it accelerate and decelerate much faster than conventional trains.
Plush interiors with diffused LED lighting.
The steel coaches will be fitted with hi-tech passenger amenities such as LED TV screens, GPS, diffuse lighting system. Apart from many safety features, the set of trains will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open and close automatically at the stations. The toilets of these coaches will be fitted with zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets.
Fully Air conditioned Chair Car Type
The new train will have 16 fully air-conditioned coaches, and will boast of ‘world-class’ passenger amenities. Proposed for inter-city superfast travel, the train sets will replace locomotive-hauled intercity express trains. The train sets will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open and close automatically at the stations. Like most chair cars, the train will have wide windows.
Automatic Plug Doors
With Train 18 and Train 20, the Integral Coach Factory, one of the oldest rolling-stock-manufacturing unit of Indian Railways, is getting a new lease of life with plans to increase its capacity from the present 2250 coaches per year to 2750 per year. The train, being developed under the ‘Make in India’ scheme, at half the import cost. While one ‘Train 18’ coach will cost Rs 2.50 crore.