Train 18, India’s First Engine-less Train Flagged Off

Indian Railways creates history! Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off Train 18 (Vande Bharat Express) from New Delhi railway station.

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Offering a peek into the future of rail travel, Train 18 is India’s fastest engine-less train set designed for a maximum operational speed of 160 kmph.

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The ‘Make in India’ semi-high speed train will run on the Delhi-Varanasi route, starting from today. The IRCTC ticket booking for this train has already opened, although it will begin its commercial operations from February 17.

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The fares of this train are higher than the Indian Railways premium trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express.

The luxurious new train will operate for five days in a week except Monday and Thursday. The journey time will be 8 hours from Delhi to Varanasi with stops at Kanpur and Prayagraj.

Passengers travelling the Vande Bharat Express will get appetizing dishes from high-end brands like Nescafe, Pind Balluchi, Chaayos and Landmark Hotel. They will be served morning tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner and evening tea.