In what is being seen as sequel to the Shatabdi trains, the Train 18 is all set to hit the tracks for trials on October 29.
It is country’s first engineless train.
Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, the train is said to be capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph.
It also comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.
It is also claimed that the 16-coach prototype without a locomotive (engine) will cut travel time by 15 per cent compared to the Shatabdi.
The train has been developed by the city-based Integral Coach Factory in 18 months.
The self-propelled train, fitted with CCTV cameras, would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.>