India’s 1st engine-less train crosses 180 kmph Speed Limit During Trial Run


India’s first locomotive-less train, known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run. According to a senior railway official, when this Rs 100-crore indigenously designed train is made operational, it will become the country’s fastest train.

  • Train 18 breached the 180 kmph speed limit in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. 
  • Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has manufactured the train.
  • The major trials are now over, with just some more remaining. 
  • Based on the reports, fine tuning would be done if needed. 
  • As of now no major technical problem has cropped up.
  • The train is expected to commence its commercial run from January 2019.
  • If all things go well, Train 18 will replace the current Shatabdi Express – a day train. 
  • Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways’ system such as tracks and signals permit.
  • With 16 coaches, the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity as that of the Shatabdi Express. 
  • It has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations.
  • The train sports an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power. 
  • The fully air-conditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage, so that more space is available on board.