Indian Railways futuristic T-20 trains to replace Rajdhani, Shatabdi; may ply on Mumbai-Delhi route
Indian Railways trains of the future, quaintly called T-20' trains are set to be housed in Mumbai suburbs of Nallasopara-Virar. Western Railways is likely to operate these trains from Mumbai. According to a Senior official, the Indian Railways will run these so-called T-20 trains on the Mumbai-Delhi route.
Indian Railways trains of the future, quaintly called T-20' trains are set to be housed in Mumbai suburbs of Nallasopara-Virar. Western Railways is likely to operate these trains from Mumbai. According to a Senior official, the Indian Railways will run these so-called T-20 trains on the Mumbai-Delhi route. In a meeting, held early last month, the Railway Board officials discussed the issue. At present maintenance works of local trains are carried out apart from its parking in Nallasopara-Virar. The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation has built it at a cost of around Rs 350 crore, reports DNA.
The T-20 trains are similar to the local trains known as EMUs which doesn’t need locomotives and power cars to run and are self-propelled. It can touch speeds varying from 160-200kmph.
“As of now, it has been decided that T-20s will be maintained at Virar car shed. There is ample space created for the same purpose which at present is lying unused,” said a senior Indian Railways official on condition of anonymity.
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The train coaches would be built by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and global tenders are also invited for the same. The approximate cost is around Rs 2700 crore. No manufacturers have come forth as of now so, Indian Railways is likely to miss the 2020 deadline.
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With 20 coaches each there will be 14 trains. The Integral Coach Factory will manufacture a total of 291 coaches which will have aluminum-bodies. The trains will be energy efficient and the machines would be placed below the coaches and will have automatic doors. Each train would come with AC chair car and sleeper coaches that shall include 1st class, AC-2 tier, and AC-3 tier.