Train 18 will now be called Vande Bharat Express: Piyush Goyal

The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160kmph. 

Published: 27th January 2019 03:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2019 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

Country's first engine-less train 'Train 18' developed by the Integral Coach Factory ICF after flagging off ceremony in Chennai Sunday October 29 2018. | (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In an acknowledgment of its Made-in-India status, the Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured semi-fast Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday. It will ply from the national capital to Varanasi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off the train soon. The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of R97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. It is also the first locomotive-less train in the country.

READ| Railways' fastest 'Train 18' pelted with stones during trial run

Addressing mediapersons, Goyal said it was named Train 18 when it was conceptualized, and now, it has been given a new name after taking suggestions from the general public.

“Train 18 will now be known as Vande Bharat Express. It’s a train built completely in India by Indian engineers, in a span of 18 months. It’ll ply from Delhi to Varanasi. It is an example that it’s possible to make world-class trains under Make in India,” Goyal said.

The train will be fully air-conditioned and have stops at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will have two executive chair cars. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • R S

    Under Piyush Girl
    1 month ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp