PM to flag off India’s first engineless train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ (aka Train 18) on Feb 15
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to flag off India’s first engineless train ‘Vande Bharat Express’ (a.k.a Train 18) from the New Delhi Railway station on February 15.
Train 18, which was recently christened Vande Bharat Express by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, has been manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai using 80 percent Indian origin components.
It became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 km/ph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route.
“The PM will flag off the train at 10 am on February 15 and there will be a function in which he will give a speech as well. It’s a matter of great pride for us as this is the Railways’ first indigenous train,” a railway official was quoted as saying.
The 16-coach train will eventually replace the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express and ply between Delhi and Varanasi.