New Delhi: India’s first indigenous train set will be rolled out on the tracks by December 2018, according to sources.
For the first time in railways, these train sets will have automatic doors that will open and close at stations, wide windows, and ergonomically designed seating.
Besides this, all the coaches will be equipped with bio-toilets and will be completely air-conditioned.
The train set, which is much like the metro trains running in Delhi, but built on a much higher scale, will run at a speed of 160 km/hr. Unlike the metro trains, the 16-coach train set will be able to cover long distances.
Initially, it will be a chair car, but eventually, even sleeper will be introduced, sources said.
The first train set is likely to be pushed into service either in the Delhi-Lucknow or Delhi-Chandigarh sector.