RIP Shatabdi: Indian Railways' Train-18 to take over; Luxury train can run at 160 kmph

Aug 24, 2018, 09:31 AM IST

The much-awaited and first of its kind for Indian Railways, Train 18 is expected to undergo trials in September.


Self-propelled: Indian Railways special train, T-18, is self-propelled on electric-traction and does not require an engine to pull it.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


Coaches: Each one of this Indian Railways train's set will have 16 coaches. The coaches will have two class - Executive class and second class. The train will be fully AC chair car with separate footrest for each seat. Even the driver's cabin is fully AC. The executive class chairs will be fully rotatable.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


Automatic Doors: The train will have automatic sliding doors for entry into one coach from other. The gangway will be fully sealed just like Metro trains. The entry doors to this Indian Railways train will be automatic and will have retractable footsteps.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


The coaches are equipped with modern LED lights. The train will have large glass  windows with concealed roller blinders. The train will have halogen-free rubber-on-rubber flooring. The interior of the train is not only luxurious but also well designed and uses an array of colours.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


The train will have onboard WiFi and infotainment. All the coaches will also have a luggage rack with glass bottom.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


There will be space for a wheelchair near the driving coach. There is space in every coach for the movement of the wheelchair.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


The train will be fitted with modular toilet with bio-vacuum system.  (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)


Besides Train -18, ICF is also working on the design of Train-20. The Train-20 will replace existing Rajdhani coaches. However, there isn't any timeline assigned for the project as of now. (Image: Zee Business/ICF Chennai)