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Engine-less Train 18 likely to hit tracks by December 15: Railway official

The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month

Train 18  |  Pti  |  Ashwani Lohani

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Train 18

-- the country's first engine-less semi-high speed train -- is likely to start operating by December 15, a senior railway ministry official said.

The train is currently undergoing trials in Moradabad.

"will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph between either and Varanasi or and Bhopal," the official said.

The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month amid much fanfare by Chairman at the Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai.

"We have successfully achieved a speed of 120 kmph during trials. We will achieve a speed of 160 kmph and run the train likely by December 15," the official said.

The gleaming, blue-nosed train has a cone-shaped frontage, similar to a bullet train.

It comes fitted with amenities on par with the best in the world from on-board WiFi to GPS-based passenger information system, 'touch-free' bio-vacuum toilets, LED lighting, mobile charging points, and a climate control system that would adjust the temperature according to occupancy and weather.

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First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 18:30 IST