High-speed Talgo train to roll in Indian railway tracks

Published on : Monday, May 30, 2016

480718-talgo-0Spanish Talgo train with a speed of up to 115 km/h gave its first trial in Uttar Pradesh, India. As per the strategy of the Railways to increase the speed of trains in India, the train rolled from Bareilly to Moradabad.

The 4500 Horse-powered diesel engine with nine Talgo coaches started at 9:05 am from Bareilly and it reached Moradabad at 10:15 am. The train was dragged at an average speed which varied from 80 km/h to 115/h. Among the nine coaches of the train there were one engine, two executive class coaches, four chair cars, one cafeteria, and one tail-end coach.

Right at this moment, the fastest train in the country, Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani express runs at an average speed of 85 km/h. The Talgo train will not only increase the speed of the trains in this country, but it would also save up to 30% energy.

Hamid Akhtar, the Executive Director of Railways’ Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) informed, “There will be three more such runs” before the success or failure could be assessed. It is difficult to say anything about the success or failure of the trial. We will record the timings and other parameters during the journey. The data will be analysed and then only we will be able to say anything. Nevertheless it was a smooth ride.” Mr. Akhtar boarded the train on its way back from Moradabad.

The train gave a trial with officials and sandbags onboard. The next trial will be given with empty coaches between Mathura and Palwal, with a speed up to 180 km/h for 40 days.

Only after successful trials, the trains will hit the railroad on a permanent basis. The Talgo train can save up to 5 hours of time from Mumbai-Delhi trip.

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