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Monday, 28 January, 2019, 10 : 15 AM [IST]

Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express: Piyush Goyal

As per the reports of Press Trust of India (PTI), The Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured Train 18 as Vande Bharat Express said Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister, Government of Inida. The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160kmph. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister is likely to flagoff the train soon.

The 16-coach train, built in 18 months at a cost of INR 97 crore by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, is regarded as a successor to the 30-year-old Shatabdi Express. It's also the first locomotive-less train in the country.

"Train 18 will now be known as Vande Bharat Express. It is a train built completely in India by Indian engineers, in a span of 18 months. It will start from Delhi to Varanasi. It is an example that it is possible to make world-class trains under Make in India," Goyal said. The fully air-conditioned train will stop at Kanpur and Allahabad and will have two executive chair cars.

"It is completely made in India and various names were suggested by the general public but we have decided to name it Vande Bharat Express. We will request the prime minister to flag it off," he said.

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