Railway Reforms

Train 18: Top features and facilities of the country’s ‘fastest train’


Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Everything about Train 18

Mains level: Modernization of Railways


India’s fastest train

  1. India’s first engine-less train-breached the 180 kmph speed threshold during a test run in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section, becoming the country’s fastest train.
  2. If trials go well it may replace the Shatabdi Express soon.

Top features and facilities

  • Aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations
  • Alternate coaches are motorized to ensure even distribution of power and faster acceleration or deceleration
  • Regenerative braking system to save power
  • Inter-connected, fully sealed gangways
  • Automatic doors with retractable footsteps
  • Onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment
  • GPS-based passenger information system
  • Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems
  • Rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (executive class)
  • Roller blinds and diffused LED lighting
  • Disabled-friendly toilets
  • Emergency talk-back units to contact train crew
  • CCTVs in all coaches for safe and secure travel

In Numbers

  • Approximate cost of train: ₹100 crore
  • Possible peak speed: 200 kmph
  • Expected commencement of commercial run: Jan. 2019
  • Number of Train 18s in the pipeline: 5
  • Number of coaches: 116 (same as Shatabdi)
  • The time reportedly taken to conceive, design and develop the train: 18 months
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