Indian Railways is all set to roll out a ‘first of its kind’ semi-high speed self-propelled train set! Yes, the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will make the EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) that can travel at speeds of up to 160 kmph.
What makes these train sets special, apart from the fact that they mark a leap for ICF, is that they will be manufactured at “half the cost” if the same were to be imported.
The new train will have 16 fully air-conditioned coaches, and will boast of ‘world-class’ passenger amenities. The train sets will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open and close automatically at the stations. The new train sets equip with onboard Wi-fi and infotainment, GPS-based Passenger Information System, plush interiors and diffused LED lighting, bio-toilets with touch free fittings.
“The train set will be equipped with under slung 3 Phase IGBT based propulsion system which is energy efficient. Train 2018 will also offer more passenger space,” the ICF official said.
"ICF is looking to equip the train sets with improved mechanical couplers and modern bogies. This will help keep the jerks and vibrations at bay. The train will have fully suspended traction motors, pneumatic secondary suspension and anti-roll bar. The brake system will be Electro Pneumatic, which will reduce the braking distance, so that full speed potential of the train can be harnessed," the official said.
The idea to develop these modern train sets was an outcome of the “Rail Vikas Shivir” that was organised by Indian Railways late last year and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s ‘Mission Raftaar’ that was announced in Rail Budget 2016.
The train sets are currently in the design stage and will start getting manufacturing some time in 2018, that's why Indian Railways has codenamed the project as ‘Train-2018’.