New Delhi: The Train 18, India’s fastest train, is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29th December 2018. This train will run between Delhi and Varanasi. It will be the fastest train with a speed of 180 kmph.
Manufactured by Integral Coach Factory(ICF), is an engine-less train which will replace Shatabdi trains. The manufacturing cost is about 100 crore.
It has many passenger friendly amenities like on-board infotainment and GPS based passenger information system, CCTV, automatic sliding doors with retractable coach footsteps and zero discharge vacuum-based bio-toilets.
The train will have two executive compartments which will have 52 seats each and trailer coaches will have 78 seats each. The executive class will have rotating seats to match the direction of the train.
According to the tentative plan, the train will start from New Delhi station at 6 am and is expected to reach Varanasi at 2 pm. For the return journey, the train will start at 2.30 pm from Varanasi and reach the national capital at 10.30 pm on the same day.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, impressed with the success of Train 18 during trials, has recently asked ICF to build four more similar rakes in the current financial year.
The train was run between Delhi and Agra as a trial yesterday, but its a sad note that stones were pelted which caused damage to this wonderful transport system.