From ‘touch-free toilet set-up’ to ‘climate control’: Here are 10 facts about India’s ‘Train 18,’ the country’s first engineless train

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  • India is expected to soon roll out its fastest train which on Sunday had a successful test run reaching a speed of over 180 kilometres.
  • Once operational, ‘Train 18’ will replace Shatabdi Express to become India’s fastest premium train.
  • The train boasts of touch-free bio vacuum toilets, onboard wifi, GPS based information system, and climate control system features, among others.
India is about to roll out its fastest train that boasts many firsts.

The engineless locomotive, Train 18, had a test run on Sunday, reaching more than 180 kilometres per hour during the trial run between Kota Junction in Rajasthan and Kurlasi station in Madhya Pradesh.

It is expected to have its maiden journey from New Delhi to Varanasi on 25 December.

Here are 10 facts about Train18:

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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.

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.

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The train will have many firsts including “touch-free” toilets and “multi-level lighting,” according to official updates.

The train will have many firsts including “touch-free” toilets and “multi-level lighting,” according to official updates.

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It will have two “aerodynamically-designed” driver cabins -- one at each end -- to help it with quicker turnaround at destinations.

It will have two “aerodynamically-designed” driver cabins -- one at each end -- to help it with quicker turnaround at destinations.

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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 features automatic doors and sliding footsteps, which will make it India’s second train after Tejas Express to have convenient boarding and deboarding process.

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The train will have onboard wifi and GPS-based information system.

The train will have onboard wifi and GPS-based information system.

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It will have a climate control system which can adjust temperatures according to occupancy and weather.

It will have a climate control system which can adjust temperatures according to occupancy and weather.

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The locally-manufactured train expects to have significant energy savings, thanks to its “advanced regenerative braking system.”

The locally-manufactured train expects to have significant energy savings, thanks to its “advanced regenerative braking system.”

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Apart from saving energy, it will also block unwanted noise and pollution through its sealed gangways.

Apart from saving energy, it will also block unwanted noise and pollution through its sealed gangways.

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The train was reportedly manufactured in just 16 months.

The train was reportedly manufactured in just 16 months.

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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.”

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.”

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