Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off India’s fastest train Train 18, manufactured by Indian Railways, on December 29. The train is likely to be flagged off from PM’s constituency, Varanasi.
It is the country’s first engineless train that will replace Shatabdi trains and will run between Delhi and Varanasi. Manufactured by ICF Chennai at a cost of Rs 100 crore, Train 18 becomes country’s fastest train by hitting speeds over 180 kmph during the trial-run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route.
The train comes fitted with amenities at par with the best in the world — from onboard WiFi to a GPS-based passenger information system, touch-free bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points and a climate control system that adjusts the temperature according to occupancy and weather.
The train will have two executive compartments with 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 was 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 the same day. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has reportedly asked ICF to build four more similar rakes in the current financial year.