India’s first engine-less train is all set to replace the oldie Shatabdi Express and Heaven knows even though us Indians still quite haven’t figured out how to properly preserve a public property, the country is ecstatic.
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) October 28, 2018
It is a truth universally acknowledged that we are not a breed that is very good when it comes to behaving on public transport, especially when we are travelling through trains. On an average, every two minutes, at least three people take it upon themselves to paint the railways red with their spit, while someone or the other keeps stealing the damned mug from the latrine (statistics may or may not be made up). But surprisingly, we don’t behave the same when it comes to travelling through flights. Maybe the authorities of the Indian Railways have figured out the trick because this new engine-less Train 18 looks nothing like your average Indian train.
Image Credit: Twitter (Piyush Goyal)
The swanky 16 coach train is fully air-conditioned and the interior is, what the internet kids would call, boujee. Are you a “swinging from the doors of a running train” enthusiast? No more of that sir. Because Train 18 has built-in sliding doors- something that metro boarders are familiar with. The train also comes with vacuum toilets like those in flights (a minute’s silence for the mug-stealing community), Wi-Fi and onboard infotainment. But there is something more this train has to offer that only coach flying travelers would understand the true worth of. Train 18 comes with fully sealed gangways which means no more butt-kicking your co-passenger in the face while leaving your seat.
Many congratulations to @PiyushGoyal Ji & @RailMinIndia on the launch of Train 18, a semi high speed train built under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Train 18’s coaches equipped with Wifi, GPS, infotainment & Bio vacuum systems are set to change the way India travels in trains! pic.twitter.com/9SLJEs5F4K
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 26, 2018
The semi high speed train will reportedly run at a speed of 160 kmph, reducing travel time by 15% but let’s not forget Indian railways are seldom on time and we are adjusted to the idea of uncertain travelling hours, so even though this feature is amusing, skepticism remains. All the pictures and features are truly exciting but the true middle class will always ask for the price first. Now, Train 18 is yet to start commercial journeys but after the training of the onboard crew is completed, it is expected to arrive at New Delhi on 7th November. For now it is ready for the Delhi-Bhopal route. So, for rest of us in India, we need a wait up a bit more!