ICF gets nod to pro­duce 10 Train 18 rakes in 2019-20

South­ern Rly likely to get one for op­er­at­ing in Chen­nai-My­suru route

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI - B ANBUSELVAN

WITH the com­mer­cial launch of Train 18 on the Delhi-Varanasi route soon, the In­dian Rail­ways has de­cided to pro­duce ten rakes for 2019-20. To this ef­fect, two weeks ago, the Rail­way Board has granted an ap­proval to In­te­gral Coach Fac­tory (ICF) as against the ap­proved an­nual sched­ule of five rakes. Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ment, Shubhransu, Prin­ci­pal Chief Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer, ICF, told Ex­press that the coach man­u­fac­tur­ing unit was com­pletely geared up to pro­duce 10 Train-18 rakes be­fore March 2020. “While the first set is go­ing to be in­tro­duced soon, the sec­ond rake will be rolled out by next month,” added Shubhransu. In ad­di­tion to this, the ICF is plan­ning to roll out 10 rakes be­fore March 2020. “Be­yond March 2020, we will be able to pro­duce one rake of Train 18 ev­ery month,” said Shubhransu. The de­ci­sion to dou­ble the Train 18 pro­duc­tion was taken by the Rail­way Board af­ter the first rake rolled out by ICF, cleared all the manda­tory safety and speed tests. Dur­ing the speed tests, the semi high­speed train sur­passed the 180 kmph speed, the high­est speed of any train in In­dia. The self pro­pelled chair car train set, which will run with­out lo­co­mo­tive, was man­u­fac­tured us­ing 80 per cent of in­dige­nous ma­te­ri­als un­der ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme. It is learnt from mul­ti­ple rail­way sources that ICF has rec­om­mended to the Rail­way Board to al­lo­cate the sec­ond or third rake to South­ern Rail­way to re­place the Chen­nai My­suru Shatabdi Ex­press. “The third rake of Train 18 which is ex­pected to be rolled out by Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber is likely to get al­lot­ted to South­ern Rail­way for op­er­at­ing in Chen­nai - My­suru sec­tion,” said a highly placed rail­way of­fi­cial.

EX­PRESS

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