Train 18, India’s first engine-less train that was launched by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) on Tuesday is expected to cut down travel time by at least 10% on shorter routes. Spearheading its manufacturing Sudhanshu Mani, general manager of ICF, Indian Railways, in an interview with TOI, talks about the train set will not transform travel experience, but also coach manufacturing in the country.
What is unique about the Train-18 experience?
Indians will soon get to travel in a train which has facilities on a par with flights. The plush interiors and compact toilets are world-class with touch-free fittings and vacuum system in aircraft. And all of this was built completely in India within 18 months; to build a similar train set, Train-20, foreign companies like Stradler, Siemens and Bombardier take three to four years. Read more