CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): India’s first engine-less semi-high speed Train 18 coaches demand from some Southeast Asian and South American countries will be considered after meeting the domestic need, a Railway Board member said on May 20, 2019
Integral Coach Factory Rolling out the 60,000th manufactured coach. ICF would roll out 40 Train 18 trainsets in the immediate future Said Railway Board member (Rolling Stock), Rajesh Agrawal.
Mr. Agrawal said in a statement that Some of the Southeast Asian and South American nations have shown interest in Train 18 coaches. Although, it will be considered after fulfilling the needs of Indian Railways.
India’s first self-propelled (engine-less) Train 18, which was rolled out last year, presently runs between New Delhi and Varanasi as Vande Bharat Express.
Agrawal further added that It is a matter of pride that ICF has rolled out 3,262 coaches last year (2018-19) making ICF the largest coach manufacturer in the world. In the next year itself, ICF will break its own record by producing more than 4,000 coaches.
In Current Year, The official also said ICF would take up design, development and production of Train 19, a sleeper version of Train 18.
About ₹2,500 crore infrastructure improvement projects are being planned for coach production units of the Indian Railways, According to the release.