A day after train 18 or Vande Bharat Express was launched by PM Narender Modi, the fastest train 18 broke down around 200km outside Delhi on early Saturday. The train was being brought to Delhi from Varanasi for its first commercial run on Sunday.
During the journey, the last coaches of the train 18 started making vibrating sound and soon after it the loco pilots decreased the speed of the train for some time. The engineers were probing the problem when smoke and a foul smell was noticed in the last four coaches of the train. When the power went out the engineers restarted the train at 10 kmph.
The engineers were looking below the coaches with their equipment and torchlight until the train was scheduled to reach Delhi in 2.5 hours. But to no avail, the problem resurfaced again. After reconsulting, they started the train at 40 kmph.
When that also didn’t work, they completely stopped the train at Chamraula. If not Delhi, they are likely to get the Train 18 to the nearest maintenance shed.
Earlier, Train 18 got vandalised by pelters in its trial run on the Agra-Delhi stretch. India’s first engineless train, T-18, was rolled out on the 29th of October. The train is the production of the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. The self-propelled train is said to have cost around Rs 100 crores.