Once operational, Train 18 is expected to overtake India’s fastest premium train Shatabdi Express. It is capable of running at a high speed of 200 kilometres per hour given the right infrastructure to support its speed.
The train will have many firsts including “touch-free” toilets and “multi-level lighting,” according to official updates.
It will have two “aerodynamically-designed” driver cabins -- one at each end -- to help it with quicker turnaround at destinations.
The train features automatic doors and sliding footsteps, which will make it India’s second train after Tejas Express to have convenient boarding and deboarding process.
The train will have onboard wifi and GPS-based information system.
It will have a climate control system which can adjust temperatures according to occupancy and weather.
The locally-manufactured train expects to have significant energy savings, thanks to its “advanced regenerative braking system.”
Apart from saving energy, it will also block unwanted noise and pollution through its sealed gangways.
The train was reportedly manufactured in just 16 months.
India’s railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted his experience of traveling on the train during the test run : “the stability of water bottles at this speed is testament to the quality of workmanship and design of our engineers.”