Travel Tip
 Conf TL
 RF Club
 FM Alert
 FM Approval
Forum Super Search
Freq Contact:
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Blog Category:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    


Money is nothing; RailFanning is Everything

Full Site Search
  Full Site Search  
Fri Nov 15 11:27:10 IST
Post BlogPost Trn TipPost Stn TipAdvanced Search

Blog Entry# 3829426
Posted: Sep 22 2018 (08:20)

No Responses Yet
Rail News
New/Special Trains
Sep 22 2018 (08:20)   ICF to roll out 160-kmph 'Train 18' next month

a2z~   12808 news posts
Entry# 3829426   News Entry# 359706         Tags   Past Edits
ICF to roll out 160-kmph 'Train 18' next month
Train 18, India’s first “engine-less” train designed to run at a speed of 160 km per hour, expected to replace the existing fleet of inter-city Shatabdi Express trains, will be rolled out of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) here in the first week of October.
Though the first train was scheduled to be handed over to the Railway Board to be inducted into regular service by July, the ICF sought more time to finish building the train, as it has promised world-class design and technology to
the Indian Railways.
The fastest train, that will have a self-propelled engine like the vintage Electric Multiple Units (EMUs), is currently undergoing necessary tests at the ICF before it is handed over to the Indian Railways. Once the train set is rolled out of ICF, it will be tested on the Delhi-Bhopal route, which is capable of handling trains that run at a speed of 160 km per hour.
“We hope to release the first set of trains during the first week of October. Once we roll out the first set, it will be put to rigorous tests and trials by the state-owned Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO). The trials will be supervised by the Commissioner of Railway Safety and only after his nod, the train will be inducted for passenger service,” S P Vavre, Chief Design Engineer, Design and Development Centre, ICF, told DH.
The first set is expected to replace the existing New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express that takes 8.5 hours to cover a distance of 707 km from January 2019, which was the first Shatabdi Express introduced in India in 1988. The Indian Railways currently runs 25 such super-fast premium trains across its vast network.
Though it is not for the ICF to decide the route on which the trials will be conducted, Vavre said since Gatimaan Express, the country’s fastest train that can run at a speed of 160 km per hour, is already plying on the Delhi-Bhopal route, trials of the Train may also be conducted on the route.
The ICF will conduct its own tests and trials before the train set is handed over to the Railway Board, Vavre added.
The indigenous trains that are designed to run at a top speed of 160 kmph will be free of locomotive since traction motors will be fitted underneath each coach to render them self-propelled, ICF engineers said.
“Train-18” will be fully air-conditioned, have Second Class and premium First Class and will boast of automatic doors, vacuum toilets, comfortable interiors, on-board infotainment and facilities for people with special needs. 
Features of “Train 18”:
Speed of 160 kmph
GPS based Passenger Information System
On-board Infotainment
Quick Acceleration
Under slung propulsion
Vacuum toilets
Comfortable interiors
Automatic doors

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Mon Nov 25
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Sat Nov 30
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Sun Dec 15
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Sat Mar 14


Leading Polls

4467449 ★★★ 37Spark
4484072 ★★★ 34Avishek Ray~
2859353 ★★ 20Somanko^~
4475327 ★★★ 36Avishek Ray~
4466131 ★★★ 45Avishek Ray~
3129294 ★★★ 3006223🔹SMET🔄BA...
4487549  13siddharthrma~
3129283 ★★★ 4906223🔹SMET🔄BA...
2847927 ★★★ 35Somanko^~
4201368 ★★★ 85Avishek Ray~
2403951 ★★★ 37Avishek Ray~
3503597 ★★★ 36Avishek Ray~
3237119 ★★★ 5706223🔹SMET🔄BA...
4481990 ★★★ 42Avishek Ray~
4228663 ★★★ 87Avishek Ray~
4487855 ★★ 20Avishek Ray~
2983023 ★★★ 88Somanko^~
4486586 ★★★ 46Somanko^~
4195825 ★★★ 46🌟Gandhidham Ju...
3124391 ★★★ 135Rest^~
4252933 ★★★ 84Avishek Ray~
4317056 ★★★ 33Avishek Ray~
4133792 ★★★ 282Avishek Ray~
4486968  11Srijan Gupta~
4461517 ★★★ 65Avishek Ray~
4232692 ★★★ 4706223🔹SMET🔄BA...
4475376 ★★★ 40Avishek Ray~
4479059 ★★★ 34Avishek Ray~
3131658 ★★★ 6506223🔹SMET🔄BA...

Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 4246530
    Mar 02 2019 (12:59AM)

    @all: Regarding the new SCoR zone, our VSKP and other SCoR members are excited and interested to change the train/station zones. We may let them go ahead with it. This piece of info is NOT critical for trains and TTs which would affect regular passengers - so it's FINE. . We may let them...
  • Entry# 4239625
    Feb 22 2019 (10:22PM)

    @all: This is a repeat warning to all that: Anonymous posting may NOT be used to directly address regular members -> like scolding them, commenting about their blogging habits, arguing with them, or ANY other personal comment/remark against any other member, EVEN if it is not offensive. ANY personal remark (even if not...
  • Entry# 4214881
    Feb 01 2019 (07:45PM)

    This is an advance notice of the last and CORE feature of the RailFan app - Trips/Spottings - which will be enabled next week. A week after that, RailFan will go into Open Beta, whereby all members will be able to download the app without providing their email. . The Trip/Spotting feature of...
  • Entry# 4213057
    Jan 31 2019 (05:45AM)

    A few small enhancements will be made to the site in the coming days, regarding Member profiles. . 1. Hereafter, we shall require REAL permanent names of members. Members will have the option of reporting those whose name is fake or not real. An SW will be issued, whereupon the member will have...
  • Entry# 4205675
    Jan 23 2019 (08:11PM)

    This is an advance notice of a small enhancement to the Forum. Within a couple of days, we shall introduce "anonymous posting" for Blogs and Trips. With "anonymous posting", members will still be required to login to your account and abide by all Forum guidelines, but your name will be hidden...
  • Entry# 4200970
    Jan 18 2019 (10:12PM)

    @all: This is to formally announce the END of the RailCal app. Due to the information blockade, the app has lost its value, and has been rendered completely useless. We are unable to support RailCal anymore. Sorry to disappoint our users. . RailCal has already been taken off the Google PlayStore. So once...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom
Go to Mobile site
Important Note: This website NEVER solicits for Money or Donations. Please beware of anyone requesting/demanding money on behalf of IRI. Thanks.
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.
India Rail Info Privacy Policy