Indian prime minister launches Train 18 inter-city EMU
Written by Keith Barrow
INDIAN prime minister Mr Narendra Modi marked the entry into commercial service of the domestically-developed Train 18 inter-city EMU on February 15, when he flagged off the prototype train in a ceremony at New Delhi station.
The 160km/h Train 18 set is being used on Delhi – Varanasi Vande Bahrat Expressservices, which operate daily, except on Mondays and Thursdays with intermediate stops at Kanpur – Allahabad.
The 16-car air-conditioned train will seat 1128 passengers and features passenger Wi-Fi, a GPS-based passenger information system, bio-vacuum toilets, and personal reading lights at every seat. Each coach is equipped with a galley serving hot meals.
Chair car fares are 40% higher than those of Shatabdi Express services with a 30% premium on executive car tickets.
The Vande Bahrat Express will cover the 776km between New Delhi and Varanasi in eight hours, compared with 11.5 at present.
Tickets for the first commercial run on February 17 have already sold out.
Train 18 was developed and built by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai in less than 20 months using 80% domestic content.