India’s 1st engine-less train conducts trial run successfully

"Train 18" was first scheduled to set-in-motion on Moradabad-Bareilly section for the first trial.

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The first trial run of Indian Railways’ Train 18, the country’s first engine-less train, will be conducted on Bareilly-Moradabad section on a standard railway track today.

The fully air-conditioned train, built at a cost of Rs 100 crore in 18 months, can run at a speed of up to 160 kmph and comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration. The swanky 16-coach train is deemed as a successor to the prestigious 30-year-old Shatabdi Express.

A Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) team has also reached Moradabad for the trial run.

“Train 18” was first scheduled to set-in-motion on Moradabad-Bareilly section for the first trial. However, due to some blockade on the stretch, the authorities took the decision to change the trial track at the eleventh hour.

According to Railways, the train was made to run at three different speeds of 30 kilometers per hour (Km/hr), 50 Km/hr and 60 Km/hr respectively. The maximum speed of the “Train 18” is 220 Km/hr.

“The train was tested at different speeds during the trial run. Initially, the train was sped at 30 Km/hr for testing train followed by 50 Km/hr. While the third time it was made to run at 60 Km/hr while an eye was also kept on the functioning of its breaks apart from other parameters over which the train was tested,” said Assistant Operations Manager (AOM), Coaching, DP Singh said.

During its trial run members of various dedicated teams who worked upon the circuit, cleaning and other aspects of the train were present. According to officials, Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) also created a working desk inside the train to keep a vigil on train speed, jerking and other features.

This train comprised of as many as 16 coaches including the driving coach with around 44 seats and 78 seats installed in trailer coaches. Two disabled-friendly toilets have also been installed in the train and there is a space for baby care along with special pantry units.

After finishing the trials in Chennai, Train 18 left for Delhi on November 11 and reached the capital two days later.

“After the test-run, the Train 18 was hauled by a locomotive to take it to Delhi as it should not run on its own until the Commission of Railway Safety certifies it,” the official said.

On October 29, the indigenously developed high-tech, energy-efficient, self-propelled train was flagged off by railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani.

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