The Indian Railways will start trials for indigenously-built and much-awaited semi-high speed ‘Train 18’ from next month, a senior official of the ministry said, three months after its scheduled unveiling.
Once, successfully tested, it shall be inducted in the railways fleet. The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), which is a technical adviser to the Indian Railways, will conduct testing and give its validation to the train.
Rather than being pulled by a locomotive, ‘Train 18’ sets are powered by traction motors fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled, just like metro trains. The made-in-India fleet was earlier scheduled for roll-out in June.
The Train 18, which is built by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, would promote Make in India, and is capable of running at a speed of 160 km per hour, the official said. Read More
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