For long, there has been talk of bringing the bullet train to India, and while the country still waits for the Japanese marvel to make its way here, our own indigenous engineers have developed the next best thing. Dubbed Train 18, India’s first locomotive-less train, has reportedly breached the 180kmph speed mark on the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section. Unlike current trains plying on the railway network, Train 18 is not ferried by an engine at the front, and instead, each bogey has an electronic motor that propels it, just like the way the Metro works in Delhi and Mumbai. The train is a wholly indigenous project being developed by the Integral Coach Factory based in Chennai.
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