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Train 18 clocks 170 kmph speed! Indian Railways engine-less train now eyes the 180 kmph mark during trials

Train 18 clocks 170 kmph speedWhile Train 18 will be tested at 180 kmph
speed on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route, but will
eventually run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph.

Train 18, India’s first engine-less train set, has clocked
speeds of 170 kmph during its trials by RDSO – making it the
fastest Indian
Railways train! Sudhanshu Mani, GM of ICF told Financial
Express Online that the self-propelled Train 18 clocked 170
kmph during the ongoing trials today and is likely to be tested
at 180 kmph tomorrow. “I can confirm that 170 kmph speed was
attained during the trials today, but the data from the tests
is yet to be analysed,” Sudhanshu Mani told Financial Express
Online. Currently, Gatimaan Express between Delhi and Jhansi is
the fastest Indian Railways train at 160 kmph speed. If Train
18 attains speeds of 180 kmph during trials, it will become the
first Indian Railways train to achieve this feat – the only
other train to have done so on Indian tracks is Spain’s Talgo.

While Train 18 will be tested at 180 kmph speed on a section of
the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route, but will eventually run at a
maximum speed of 160 kmph. According to RDSO officials, a new
train is normally tested at 10% higher than the speed it is
expected to run at. The trials are expected to be complete in
December itself after which RDSO will prepare its report. Train
18, manufactured by ICF under the ‘Make in
India’ initiative has been envisioned as a modern,
technologically superior replacement to the Shatabdi Express
trains.

Speculation is rife about the route that will be finalised for
Train 18 by Railway Ministry. Sources have told Financial
Express Online that apart from the Delhi-Bhopal route, on which
the fastest Shatabdi Express runs, the Varanasi route is also
being considered. Varanasi is Prime Minister Narendra
Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

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The engine-less self-propelled Train 18 is expected to offer
jerk-free and comfortable rides to passengers. ICF Chennai is
expected to roll out another rake of Train 18 in February and
four more in the next financial year. A sleeper-class version
of Train 18 to replace Rajdhani Express trains is also being
considered by the Railway Board.

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