Train 18 that Will Cut Your Travel Time, Indian Railways fastest engine-less train, is also fire-proof!
Train 18 is safe for passengers as its coaches are fitted with fire-resistant fibre composites. In case of fire thes components do not generate poisonous gases or molten droplets; keeping escape ways open for passengers to get out.
In a big boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign, Indian Railways finally rolled out the new Train 18 on Monday. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani flagged off the train at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai. This swanky semi-high speed 16-coach train is set to replace the existing Shatabdi Express, which is running since 1988, for inter-city travel.
The official claimed that the FRP materials are very light as compared to those made of steel and aluminium. In case of fire these composite components do not generate poisonous gases, or spread molten material or droplets, thus keeping escape ways open for passengers to get out.
Significant features of Train 18:
Inter-connected fully-sealed gangways
Automatic doors along with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi, infotainment
GPS-based passenger information system
Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems
Rotating seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (only in the executive class)
Roller blinds and diffused LED lighting
Priced at over Rs 100 crore per rake, this hi-tech train will give a major boost to the Indian Railways’ system and will put it on par with the international railway systems. Each coach of Train 18 is expected to cost around Rs 6 crore, which is 40 per cent less than the cost of such trains globally.
The train was rolled out after the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the technical adviser to the Indian Railways, gave its nod. Train 18 is propelled through electric traction, similar to metro and local trains, and thus the need for a traditional engine will be dispensed. IFC will manufacture six trains in total, two of which will house sleeper coaches, and the project is expected to be completed by 2020.
So what makes Train 18 so special? Here’s a look at some of its premium features.