The Railways has recently decided to go ahead with manufacturing on its own trainsets that can run at a maximum speed of 160kmph. Named ‘Train-2018’, the first trainset – a rake without a separate locomotive – is expected to be ready by March next year and likely to be pressed into service in Delhi-Lucknow or Delhi- Chandigarh sector. The trainset will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) near Chennai on a pilot basis.
Aiming to offer both comfort and pace to passengers, the project will roll out semi-high speed, 16-coach trainsets with quicker acceleration and world-class passenger amenities. For a first in Indian Railways, these trainsets will have automatic plug type doors that will open and close at stations,
wide windows for panoramic view, and ergonomically designed seating. Equipped with bio-toilets, all coaches in the fully AC trainset will be interconnected so that passengers can move from one coach to other with ease. All coaches will be provided with onboard Wi-Fi, infotainment and GPSbased passenger information system (PIS), plush interiors, and diffused LED lighting and improved mechanical couplers, modern coaches with fully suspended traction motors, pneumatic secondary suspension and anti-roll bar.