India’s first engine-less semi-high speed locomotive- “Train 18” by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) has been built at a cost of Rs 100 crore per rake with 80 per cent Indian component has been designed for a maximum operating speed of 160 kmph, officials said.This is the first long-distance train sans separate locomotive (engine) and was flagged off at the ICF premises by Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani. The fully air-conditioned train, driven by a self-propulsion module, has the potential to become the country’s fastest train provided the infrastructure was improved. Fitted with CCTV cameras, Train-18 would have two executive compartments in the middle with 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches would have 78 seats each.It has diffused lighting, automatic doors and footsteps beside GPS-based passenger information system.
The footsteps in the coaches of the doorways are designed in such a way that it would slide outward when the train stopped at a station enabling passengers to alight safely with comfort in view of the variation in height between a trains floor and the platform. ICF officials said the train was conceived, designed and developed in a record time of about 18 months, as against the industry demand of about 3 to 4 years. The ICF is understood to have spent Rs 1,600 crore on producing the first set of the train.