Train 18 on trial run hit by stones

The window of one of the coaches of the ₹ 100-crore train was damaged. File   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The Railways’ fastest train — Train 18, scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 29, was pelted with stones on Thursday during a trial run between Delhi and Agra, a senior official said.

The window of one of the coaches of the ₹ 100-crore train was damaged.

Hours after the incident, the Railways appealed to the public to desist from damaging railway property, essentially made for their convenience.

Train 18, the country’s first engineless train manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, recently became India’s fastest train by hitting speeds of over 180 kmph during a trial run on a section of the Delhi-Rajdhani route. It will replace Shatabdi trains and will run between Delhi and Varanasi.

ICF spokesperson G.V. Venkatesan said, “Today, when the speed trials were being conducted for Train 18 between Agra and New Delhi, some miscreants threw stones on the train, that damaged one of the windows of the Train 18 on one side.”

“Such acts of vandalising public property such as trains, railway stations are condemnable, in particular, a prestigious brand new train such as Train 18. Public are requested to desist from vandalising railway properties including trains, railway stations and defacing them. After all, it is the public property that belongs to them,” the spokesperson said.

The incident is being investigated, officials said.

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