Indian Railways To Introduce – Train 18 & Train 20 – High Speed Trains To Replace Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express

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Date Of Post : 20 Jan, 2018

New Delhi: The Railways is all set to introduce a couple of high-speed trains. The two trains – Train 18 & Train 20 – would replace Rajdhani & Shatabdi Express. These trains are being developed at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai.

About The Trains-

  • These trains would be the fastest in India when introduced.
  • Railways is reportedly planning to roll out two Train 18 by August this year.
  • Train 18 would replace Shatabdi trains, While Train 20 will take place of Rajdhani trains in a phase-wise manner, Sudhansu Mani, GM, ICF, said.
  • Train 20 is likely to be rolled out on tracks by 2020.

Trial Runs-

  • During trial runs the two trains clocked 176 kmph (kilometer per hour) speed.
  • However, they will run at a maximum speed of 170 km per hour when commercial operations start.
  • Currently, Gatiman Express is the fastest train in the India, with maximum speed of 160 kmph.
  • The trains will be propelled by 6 motor coaches which would help in faster acceleration.

World-Class Trains-

  • The upcoming high-speed trains will be equipped with world-class features.
  • The steel coaches will be fitted with hi-tech passenger amenities such as LED TV screens, GPS, diffuse lighting system.
  • Apart from many safety features, the set of trains will have ‘Automatic Plug-Type’ doors which will open and close automatically at the stations.
  • The toilets of these coaches will be fitted with zero discharge vacuum based bio-toilets.


  • The high-speed trains, being developed under the ‘Make in India’ programme, at half the import cost.
  • One Train 18 coach will cost Rs 2.50 crore.
  • A Train 20 coach will cost around Rs 5.50 crore.

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  1. I wish IR would procure Trainsets in large number like we did with locomotives and build them in India effectively replacing LHB production which is in itself an 30 yr old technology. this will improve speed and efficiency of IR.

  2. Excellent endeavour! At last, after 70 years of Independence. Congratulations to Mr. Prabhu and then to his successor.

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