‘Engineless’ train

There has been much media hype about the high speed train set called ‘Train 18’, manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) Perambur, Tamil Nadu, being the first “engine-less” train in India. Trains without ‘engines’ (locomotives) have been in vogue in railways all over the world — this includes India — for decades, an example being the electric multiple units plying on the suburban sections of the metros. What, however, is unique and praiseworthy about ‘Train 18’ is that it has been turned out in a record time of about 18 months, from conception to reality, with ‘best in class’ facilities. It is a wholly indigenous effort initiated by the field unit — in this case the ICF — unlike the usual top-down decisions thrust from the top, a feature that is common in government organisations. The credit should go Team ICF, from its top leadership down to the lowest levels — a rare success story in a public sector organisation. The train is also a shining example of ‘Make in India’.

K. Balakesari,



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