Debi Prasad Dash, 55, is one of the brains behind Train 18, India’s semi-high speed train and one being sought by other countries for its cost-effectiveness. A 1987-batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), Dash, a native of Ektala village near Kuakhia in Jajpur district, is the chief design engineer (electrical) at Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. He spoke to Hemanta Pradhan about the journey behind India’s fastest train.
n Train 18 has created a buzz in the country for its design and facilities. How did your team come up with the idea of building such a train?
Indian Railways had organised a Rail Vikas Shibir in 2016 at Surajkund in Haryana to discuss different ideas to strengthen the railways. We had presented our idea before the senior officers of the railways. It got selected. We started working on specifications, designs, facilities and technical parts to give a final shape of the train on a par with the best trains from abroad. Our former head of ICF, Sudhansu Moni was the guiding force behind the train. We, the four department heads, were working under his supervision. Read more
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