Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) of Indian Railways in Chennai, the engineless Train 18 is the fastest Indian train, which has hit speeds of over 189 kilometres per hours during test runs. An official from Indian Railways, who did not wish to be named, told Sputnik that the train is likely to be flagged off by PM Narendra Modi on 29 December on the Delhi-Varanasi route. Varanasi is the Lok Sabha (India's lower house of parliament) constituency of Mr Modi.
Train 18, manufactured domestically under the 'Make in India' initiative, seen scorching the tracks at a phenomenal 180 kmph during speed trials in Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/jDjtykQyc7— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) December 6, 2018
The handicap-friendly Train 18 series will ultimately replace the aging Shatabdi fleet of trains. It will have modular bio-vacuum toilets, personalized reading lights, rotation seats in some classes, etc.