First Made-in-India engineless train gets on track for trial run in chennai


The first train set Imaginative, designed and manufactured completely in India, which looks like a bullet train, will be released for trial in a week’s time.  Sudhanshu Mani said “A train set is a rake which is self-propelled and does not need a locomotive”, general manager of (ICF) which has designed and manufactured the train set, known as Train-18, at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

A second rake would be ready by March, with costs expected to reduce as more rakes are manufactured and manufacture of train 20 is also started. Built for a quick intra-day travel on Shatabdi Express routes like Delhi-Bhopal, Chennai-Bengaluru, and Mumbai-Ahmedabad, the sixteen-coach train has the latest amenities and can cut down on travel time by 10-15%.

The train has better acceleration than conventional trains as it has 50% more power and is equipped with a smart braking system consisting of regenerative and electro-pneumatic braking imported from Hungary.  Sudhanshu Mani said “This is one of the most ambitious Makes in India concepts.

By developing it completely in India, we have saved on the cost of technology transfer from a foreign country that is usually the norm,”. An imported rake of similar characteristics would have cost Rs 170 crore, he said. Established private companies in India would have taken 36 months to deliver a similar product, he added. Two executive class coaches in the center of the train have seats which can rotate by 360 degrees, giving passengers the option of enjoying a straight-on view of the scenery.

These seats have been air-lifted from Spain; apart from the braking system and transformers, these are the only imported components, say, officials. For the first time, passengers would be able to knock on the doors of the driver and also have a look at the panel, as the train has a continuous profile. The train’s speed test would be conducted on the Moradabad-Bareilly and Kota-Sawai Madhopur stretch next month said, officials. 

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