Train 2018 Project: Indian Railways to Introduce 160 Kmph Engine-Less Trains (Important) (Download PDF)


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Indian Railways is all set to roll out ’1st of its kind’ semi-high speed self-propelled train set. Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will ‘Make in India’ EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) that can travel at speeds of up to 160 kmph.

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Image of Train 2018 Project

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Details on Semi-High Speed Self-Propelled Train Set

  • According to ICF, train sets will allow for quicker acceleration & will be technological leap for coach factory.

  • Train sets are currently in design stage & will start getting manufacturing in 2018.

  • Indian Railways has codenamed project as ‘Train-2018’.

  • New train will have 16 fully air-conditioned coaches, & will boast of ‘world-class’ passenger amenities.

  • Proposed for inter-city superfast travel, train sets will replace locomotive-hauled intercity express trains.

  • Train sets will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open & close automatically at stations. Like most chair cars, train will have wide windows.

Train-2018 Quick Facts

  • Speed - 160 Kmph

  • Train Length - 16 Coaches

  • Fully Air Conditioned Chair Car Type

  • On board infotainment

  • Automatic Plug Doors

  • New Generation bogie for better riding

  • Fully Sealed Coach Inter-connecting Gangways

  • Plush interiors and diffused lighting

  • Underslung 3 Phase Propulsion System

  • Sleek Modular Toilets

  • Manufacturing at ICF, Chennai

  • Make In India At Half The Import Cost

Salient Facts Train-2018

  • Indian Railways proposes to equip new train sets w/on-board Wi-Fi & infotainment.

  • Train will boast of GPS-based Passenger Information System to keep passengers informed about location of train.

  • New train will have world-class facilities for passengers. Train will have plush interiors & diffused LED lighting. Toilets of these coaches will be fitted w/zero discharge vaccum based bio-toilets & touch free fittings.

  • Train set will be equipped w/under slung 3 Phase IGBT based propulsion system which is energy efficient.

  • Train 2018 will offer more passenger space.

  • All coaches of Train-18 will be inter-connected by fully sealed gangways. This will allow passengers to move from one coach to another with ease.

  • Train sets w/improved mechanical couplers & modern bogies. This will help keep jerks & vibrations at bay.

  • Train will have fully suspended traction motors, pneumatic secondary suspension & anti-roll bar.

  • Brake system will be Electro Pneumatic, which will reduce braking distance, so that full speed potential of train can be harnessed.

Background on Train 2018

  • Idea to develop modern train sets was outcome of “Rail Vikas Shivir” that was organised by Indian Railways late last year.
  • This fits in w/Railway Ministerys ’Mission Raftaar’ that was announced in Rail Budget 2016.
  • Under Mission Raftaar, Indian Railways proposes to double average speeds of freights trains & increase average speed of superfast mail/express trains by 25 kmph in next 5 years.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 18, 2018

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