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WORLD-CLASS TRAINS SOON ON TRACKS

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Two world class trains to be launched by Indian railways shortly. One of the train named TRAIN 18, will be on tracks by June 2018, with 16 fully air-conditioned coaches which has been designed by the Chennai-based Railways’ Integral Coach factory-ICF. The railways will roll out a ‘first of its kind’ semi-high speed, self-propelled train set which will cut down the travel time by at least 20% in comparison to any train drawn by a loco due to faster acceleration and deceleration. TRAIN 18  will have ‘world-class’ passenger amenities such as on-board Wi-fi and infotainment, GPS based passenger information system and plush interiors with diffused LED lighting. The new train with aerodynamic nose for reduced drag and for improved aesthetics is likely to replace elite SHATABDI TRAINS currently used for superfast inter-city travel. The other train, named TRAIN 20, is likely to be launched in 2020. These will also be equipped with world class facilities to replace another elite train,RAJDHANI EXPRESS used for overnight travel. Both TRAIN 18 and TRAIN 20 are manufactured under  ‘Make in India’ projects by ICF, which will incur half the cost of imported train sets. The only difference will be that TRAIN 20 will have an aluminium body while TRAIN 18 will have stainless steel body.

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