Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s first engineless train Vande Bharat Express, earlier known as Train 18, today from the New Delhi railway station.
The Indian Railways recently named the indigenously manufactured Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express in an acknowledgement of its made-in-India status. The semi-high speed train is set to run between New Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kilometre per hour.
The 16-coach train was built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, in 18 months. The first locomotive-less train in the country is being seen as a successor to the 30-year-old premier Shatabdi Express.
The fully air-conditioned train will stop at Kanpur and Allahabad and will have two executive chair cars. Read More
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