Train 18 Likely To Start Operating By December 15, Say Officials

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

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 told PTI.

The train is currently undergoing trials in Moradabad.

"Train 18 will run at a maximum speed of 160 kmph between either Delhi and Varanasi or Delhi and Bhopal," the official said.

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The fully air-conditioned Train 18, driven by a self-propulsion module was launched last month amid much fanfare by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani 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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