Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will flag-off country’s first engineless train, Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express at New Delhi Railway Station. In light of the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 37 CRPF personnel, the event has been curtailed and the train will only be flagged-off.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Railway Board members will travel from Delhi to Varanasi on its maiden run. The inaugural journey will cover the distance in nine hours and forty-five minutes which includes stoppage time of about forty minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad railway stations.
Built at a cost of about Rs 97 crore, the Train 18 is India’s first seating-only, long distance trainset that runs without a locomotive. Train 18, manufactured by ICF Chennai, recently became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route. In its commercial run, the train will run at 130kmph.
Previously designated as Train 18, the country’s first engineless train which has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, recently became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph.A day after revealing the prices for India’s fastest train Vande Bharat Express, Indian Railways announced a reduction in fares of the two classes of the train. The Railways said an air-conditioned chair car ticket for a Delhi-Varanasi trip would now cost Rs 1,760, instead of Rs 1,850, and the executive class fare will be Rs 3,310, instead of RS 3,520.
with inputs from news agencies.