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India's first engine-less train-breached the 180 kmph speed threshold on Sunday during a test run in the Kota-Sawai Madhopur section, becoming the country's fastest train. If trials go well it may replace the Shatabdi Express soon.

Top features and facilities

• Aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations

• Alternate coaches are motorised to ensure even distribution of power and faster acceleration or deceleration

• Regenerative braking system to save power

• Inter-connected, fully sealed gangways

• Automatic doors with retractable footsteps

• Onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment

• GPS-based passenger information system

• Modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems

• Rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (executive class)

• Roller blinds and diffused LED lighting

• Disabled-friendly toilets

• Emergency talk-back units to contact train crew

• CCTVs in all coaches for safe and secure travel
In Numbers

Approximate cost of train: 100 crore

Possible peak speed: 200 kmph

Expected commencement of commercial run: Jan. 2019

Number of Train 18s in the pipeline: 5

Number of coaches: 116 (same as Shatabdi)

The time reportedly taken to conceive, design and develop the train: 18 months

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