High speed Spanish train trial on Delhi-Mumbai route soon

Published on : Monday, February 8, 2016

talgoTrains manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo may soon undertake trial runs at speeds between 160 and 200 kmph on the existing tracks on the Delhi-Mumbai route.



According to a senior Railway Ministry official, depending on the results of the trial runs, the railways will consider introduction of high-speed trains on other routes too. The official also said that Talgo would conduct the time validation trial on Delhi-Mumbai corridor soon. The Spanish train maker has offered to test run their lighter and faster trains free of cost. TThey will be issued the permission letter after getting the Railway Board’s approval for importing the rake to India.



The rake will be imported in knocked down condition and be assembled in India. If the Talgo train runs at speeds varying between 160 and 200 kmph on the existing infrastructure without any upgrade, the travel time between the two cities is expected to be cut down to about 12 hours from the current 17 hours.



Apart from reducing the travel time, Talgo’s lighter trains consume 30 per cent less energy, which will help railways reduce their power bill. Barring minor changes, there will be no need for overhauling the tracks for the trial run according to the official report. The process required for this will kick off once the approval of the Railway Ministry has been received.



If the test run is successful between the Delhi-Mumbai sectors, there will be chances of trying it for some more routes also. Asia and the US have several of these trains running.

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