Rs 100 cr engineless train to be unveiled on 29th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Oct 2018 09:11:05



The trainset has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both the ends for quicker turnaround

A Rs 100 crore indeginously-developed high-tech, energy- efficient, self-propelled or engineless train will be unveiled later this month, a top official of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has said. “We are planning to unveil the train on Oct 29,” ICF General Manager S Mani told IANS on Wednesday.

He said that the train will undergo test runs in two/three sectors for about two months and on satisfactory results, would be inducted into passenger service. The train, capable of touching speeds of 160 kmph, will replace the Shatabdi Express. “With 16 coaches the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity. There are now separate power cars. But it is about 15-20 per cent energy efficient and leaves less of a carbon footprint,” Mani said.

Officials said the trainset was conceived, designed and developed in about 18 months time as against the industry norm of about 3-4 years. The trainset has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both the ends for quicker turnaround at destinations. According to an ICF official, every alternative coach is motorised to ensure even distribution of Motive Power and faster acceleration/deceleration.

The train sports an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power. Mani also said that the fully airconditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety as all the equipments are fixed under the carriage/coach so that more space is available on board.

In the Executive Class, the seats are rotatable to match the train’s direction. Train 18 will have a modern look with continuous windows on the exterior and its seating capacity will be 1,128.

On the safety front, a Train Management System in the driver’s cab will ensure precise brake control and automated control of the doors. The coach doors will open only when the train is at zero kmph and the train will start only when all the coach doors are properly closed.