ICF says the 160km/h train has been developed with 80% domestic content and designed and built in less than 20 months.

The train will now undergo mainline trials, which will enable Indian Railways’ Research Designs and Standards Organisation to finalise the specification for the production version, which will be used on Shatabdi Express services.

The 16-car train is formed of 14 standard-class cars, each seating 78 passengers, and two executive-class cars, each seating 56.

ICF says the train will reduce maintenance costs and introduce numerous passenger features new to Indian Railways, including LED lighting, at-seat reading lights, a GPS-based passenger information system, retention tank bio-vacuum toilets, Wi-Fi and at-seat power sockets.