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New Delhi Correspondent
India’s first train without a separate locomotive is set to undergo trials from October 29.
Driven by a self-propulsion module sans the separate engine, the about Rs 100-crore train, capable of running at a speed of up to 160 km per hour, comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration, Sudhnanshu Mani, general manager of state-owned Integral Coach Factory, which manufactures rail coaches and engines, said.
Developed by Chennai-based unit of Integral Coach Factory in 18 months, the fully air-conditioned 16-coach train is designed in a manner that passengers can have a look at the driver’s cabin.
Mani said the cost of making the prototype train is about Rs 100 crore but the production will come down at a later stage.
The train has automatic doors and footsteps besides GPS-based Passenger Information System. The footstep in a coach’s doorway comes out as soon as the train stops at a station to enable passengers to de-board comfortably and safely in view of the variation in height between a train’s floor and the platform.
The new train is expected to replace the popular Shatabdi Express trains which were introduced in 1988 and are running on over 20 routes connecting India’s metros with other important cities. The Shatabdi can attain a maximum speed of 130km per hour.