Train 18 May Soon Replace Rajdhani Express

Matching the modern train sets running in Europe or Japan, Indian Railways’ new Train 18 signifies a “major leap in technology”.

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A ‘Make in India’ initiative programmed by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), these semi-high-speed train sets have been manufactured to replace the inter-city Shatabdi Express trains.

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They have digitised sliding doors, emergency talk-back unit, CCTVs, Wi-Fi, GPS-based information screens, LCD TV on executive class rotatable seats, zero discharge vacuum based toilets and intelligent air conditioning.

With the success of the Train 18 project, Indian Railways has set its sights high, ready to explore new possibilities. These semi-high speed (150-200 km/h) train sets are thought be a cost-effective alternative to highly cost-intensive HSR systems (250-350 km/h).

After replacing Shatabdi trains, a project is underway to replace all existing Rajdhani rakes with these highly efficient, aluminium bodied trains, including some with sleeper coaches.