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Posted: Mar 16 2018 (10:30)

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NEW DELHI: India’s first indigenously manufactured semihigh-speed train capable of speeds of 160 km per hour will be rolled out in June. The train will be self-propelled on electric traction like the metro and won’t require a locomotive to pull it.
Apart from the high speed, the train can accelerate quickly, helping to cut travel time. It is set to be deployed in place of one of the premium Shatabdi Express trains. The 16-coach train, which will have chair-car seating and all modern facilities, will cost about Rs 100 crore.
Each coach costs
Rs 6 crore and is about 40% cheaper than European coaches of similar design. The Indian Railways-owned Integral Coach Factory in Chennai is manufacturing the train. “This will be the first ever semihigh-speed train that is being manufactured by Indian Railways on its own. The train set would be able to run at the speed of 160 km per hour, making it the fastest in the country,” said Sudhanshu Mani, ICF general manager.
If successful, these trains will gradually replace all Shatabdi trains, Mani said, adding that its seating would be more spacious. ICF, one of the leading coach manufacturers for the Indian Railways, is now moving towards making high-end train sets under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. “We’ll be producing a record number of 2,500 rail coaches including 1,100 LHB coaches this year, which will be the highest ever for the ICF facility,” Mani said. LHB coaches are new-generation passenger type coaches developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany.
The factory now plans to manufacture light body aluminium trains based on European standards. “The aluminium train set is likely to roll out in 2020 and it will be much more energy-efficient and will follow the European standards and will be kind of a leapfrog for rail technology in India,” Mani added

1 posts - Fri Mar 16, 2018

Mar 16 2018 (13:53)
a2z~   2931 blog posts
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* Lighter Train set rake shall increase the average speed (reduce the journey times), because of time saved in faster acceleration & deceleration) and slightly higher permitted speed due to lighter & superior rake.
* NDLS-Bhopal Shatabdi(6:00-13:50 & 15:15-23:30) with distinctly longest run of 703kms & an extended journey time 7:50 & 8:15 hrs is the most deserving candidate. Train set shall return bact to NDLS much before 23:00 hrs. If time saving is substantial, the train may be extended to HBJ.
* But which Shatabdi will actually get this rake??

Mar 16 2018 (13:56)
The Rail Mail™*^~   48728 blog posts   18579 correct pred (69% accurate)
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mysore chennai shatabdi.

Mar 16 2018 (13:59)
a2z~   2931 blog posts
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MAS-MYS shatabdi may save appreciable time due to many curves on the route but the higher speed potential of 160kmph shall not be realised.

Mar 16 2018 (14:03)
Shubham Yadav   3210 blog posts   5655 correct pred (77% accurate)
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Mar 16 2018 (14:19)
a2z~   2931 blog posts
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* This is a good option as this section have a large number of shatabdies successfully operating. Delhi-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar in just 447 km stretch is a great route Sonepat-Panipat-Ambala-Kurukshetra etc mid size cities & Chandigarh/ Kalka, Jammu/ Katra as an offshoot too make this route a high density passenger corridor.
* NDLS-CNB-ALD (630kms) could also be a good option where the speed potential of the trainset may be exploited.

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