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Train 18 to start journey between New Delhi-Varanasi soon

IANS  |  New Delhi 

18, developed indigenously by the Factory (ICF), will make its first journey between and Varanasi, officials said on Wednesday.

"The 18 will make its first journey between and Varanasi, via and after completing formalities," a senior told IANS.

"And once the formalities of trials are completed, it would be flagged off by Narendra Modi," he said.

18 is undergoing extensive trial and a few more trials are to undertaken under the supervision of (RDSO), It has successfully completed the trial up to a speed of 180 kmph.

The also pointed out that the engine-less train, which is capable of running at a maximum speed of 200 kmph will cover the distance of 755 km in eight hours.

The said that Train 18, which is self-propelled on electric traction like metro trains, will start replacing the existing train fleet of next year.

According to the official, will be the fastest train on the route as the current fastest train takes around 11 and a half hours to complete the same distance.

However, he refused to share the details of the actual train time-table of the train.

Asked about the fare structure of the train, the official said that it has not been worked out yet.

The official also pointed out that the Train 18 is likely to be introduced in the service before the Kumbh mela.

The new train has a number of features to enhance passenger comfort which include inter-connected fully-sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard and infotainment, GPS-based passenger information system, modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems, rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting, and disabled-friendly toilets.

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First Published: Wed, January 02 2019. 20:44 IST
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