In February 2021, Indian Railways (IR) signed a contract with Medha Servo Drives worth Rs 21.1 billion (USD 289 million) to develop, manufacture and supply traction systems and other electrical components for 44 electric trains being built on the platform. Train 18 (T-18).
It is assumed that the new 16-car trains, designed for a maximum speed of 160 km / h, will enter service 5 years later than originally planned. The contract also provides for the maintenance of rolling stock for 5 years.
The first two trains from this order are due to arrive on IR in mid-2023, with delivery of all 44 trains scheduled for completion by the end of 2024.
In 2019, IR received two T-18 electric trains built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai with traction equipment from Medha Servo Drives. Under the new contract, this company must also supply bogies for rolling stock.
Like the first two electric trains operating on the Delhi-Varanasi and Delhi-Katra lines (see “ZhDM”, 2019, No. 6, pp. 45-50), the new T-18s will have eight motor cars and eight trailers. The cars are equipped with an air conditioning system, automatic entrance and inter-car doors. For the convenience of boarding passengers, retractable steps are provided.
In accordance with the government’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Make in India) initiative, 75% of the total contract value is to be realized domestically. The trains will be built at three IR-owned factories, including 24 in Chennai (ICF), 10 in Kapurthala (Rail Coach Factory) and 10 more in Rai Barelia (Modern Coach Factory).
After the construction of the first two Train 18 electric trains in 2019, serial production was suspended. The next competition was scheduled for December 2019, but it did not take place due to poor-quality documentation. The final tender was held in September 2020.
Due to delays in the production of the T-18, the program for the creation of the high-speed T-20 electric train with a light aluminum body has been indefinitely postponed (photo: Wikipedia)-ZDM