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'Made-in-India' Railways' Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express: Piyush Goyal

The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, in 18 months, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Train 18
Train 18, country's first engine-less semi-high speed train | Photo: Dalip Kumar

Acknowledging its made-in-status, the has named the indigenously manufactured as Vande Bharat Express, said Sunday.

The train is set to run between and at a maximum speed of 160kmph.

Prime Minister is likely to flag off the train soon.

The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of Rs 97 crore by the Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, in 18 months, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old It's also the first locomotive-less train in the country.

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The fully air-conditioned train will stop at and and will have two executive chair cars.

"It is completely made in and various names were suggested by the general public but we have decided to name it Vande Bharat Express.

A gift on the occasion of the to people. Will request the prime minister to flag it off," said Goyal.

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First Published: Sun, January 27 2019. 15:15 IST
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