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India’s fastest Train 18 set to begin commercial run soon

The train, which reached a maximum speed of 180 kmph during trial runs, can reach Varanasi from the national capital in around eight hours which, railway officials said, is 45 per cent less time than what the fastest train to Varanasi currently takes.

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inspects the new train at New Delhi railway station on Wednesday. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Touted to be India’s fastest, Train 18 is set to begin its commercial run between New Delhi and Varanasi soon. The Railways is likely to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to flag off the train after some necessary work is completed this month.

The train, which reached a maximum speed of 180 kmph during trial runs, can reach Varanasi from the national capital in around eight hours which, railway officials said, is 45 per cent less time than what the fastest train to Varanasi currently takes.

India’s fastest Train 18 set to begin commercial run soon
The Train 18 will run from Delhi to Varanasi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal confirmed on Wednesday, saying the run-time would be eight hours, about “one-and-a-half-times” faster than the fastest train on the route. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

On Wednesday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inspected the new train at New Delhi railway station and expressed satisfaction. He reportedly told the Railways to bring down the cost of production of the future rakes.

Train 18 is the first trainset manufactured entirely in the country under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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While the fare of the train has not been finalised yet, sources said, it is likely to be in line with the Tejas Express that runs between Mumbai and Goa.

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On Wednesday, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal inspected the new train at New Delhi railway station and expressed satisfaction. He reportedly told the Railways to bring down the cost of production of the future rakes.

Railways is also carrying out campaigns to educate people against throwing stones at the shining new 16-coach train with extended glass windows. In fact, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) has started sensitizing people, including children, along the train’s route to not throw stones at the train.

The train reportedly developed a small scratch after a stone was thrown at it while entering Delhi. According to the RPF, the incident happened near Safdarjung area in Delhi.

India’s fastest Train 18 set to begin commercial run soon
While the railways had been saying that it had proposed two routes for the train, Delhi to Bhopal and Delhi to Varanasi, this is the first time that the route has been officially confirmed. (Express Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

“We have reached out to the people and explained to them that this is a national asset and this (stone pelting) should not be done,” Arun Kumar, RPF Director General, told The Indian Express.