Inagural trip of Train 18
The inaugural trip of India’s first semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express, was flagged at the New Delhi railway station. The train, named ‘Train 18’ at the concept stage, is a plush 16-coach, air-conditioned, self-propelled train set and doesn’t have a locomotive.

The express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, with halts at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will complete the 780-km journey in eight hours, slicing off 180 minutes from the current travel time of 11-and-a-half hours. This is India’s fastest train to date, capable of commercial speeds up to 160 km per hour. On the Delhi-Varanasi route, however, its top speed would be restricted to 130 km per hour. The train planned to start commercial operations on this route on February 17. The tickets for that date were already sold out. The train was built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.

Problems faced in trial run
The flagship Train 18 Vande Bharat Express broke down near Tundla in UP on its way to New Delhi from Varanasi.

The train’s brakes jammed and power went out in the last four coaches due to an electrical snag.

(Adapted from The Hindu)