First ever Train 18 journey to commence between Mumbai-Shirdi

With the introduction of Train 18, the travel time between Mumbai-Shirdi will be brought down to three hours

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Soon, travelling between Mumbai and Shirdi will become faster as Central Railway's first Train 18 will cut down the travel time down by six hours. The semi high-speed train, which is also known as 'Vande Bharat Express', is estimated to cover the 291-kilometre distance in about three hours. Currently, the passengers have to travel for nine hours by train to complete the same journey. 

Shirdi is a pilgrimage site in Maharashtra and is visited by millions of devotees and tourists every year. In the meantime, a railway official stated that the Mumbai-Shirdi route for Train 18 was decided after consultation with Railway Board officials. 

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Train 18 will resemble Shatabdi trains and the possible routes might be via Pune/Daund or via Manmad railway stations. The ministry of Railways had held a meeting in May for all zonal railways in New Delhi to decide the routes on which Train 18 could operate.

Along with this, a new batch of Train 18 coaches is under production at Integrated Rail Factory, Chennai. 

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