Good news for rail passengers plying between Chennai and Bengaluru, the commuters may soon save their journey time by an hour from next April, if the Integral coach factory (ICF), successfully rolls out its first of its kind EMU module named Train-18. According to highly placed officials at ICF, the manufacturing unit has got the clearance from the railway board to make the advanced electrical multiple unit train (Train-18), with plying velocity of 160 km per hour. When compared to the conventional EMU trains, the new train equipped with a self-propellant engine will be slightly smaller in width. A pair of Train-18 is planned and the composition would have 16 coaches each.
“The electric train now in usage takes minutes to gain full velocity or to stop. Trains should be slowed down well ahead of two kilometres before the stoppage. If a train has 10 stoppages, the total travel time will increase approximately by an hour. But EMU trains need a few seconds to stop and gain momentum” said ICF sources. A common electrical train takes nearly 7.30 to 8 hours to reach Coimbatore from Chennai and almost 7 hours to reach Bengaluru and this new train will reduce the journey time, sources added. Read More…
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