Mumbai: The Spanish Talgo train completed its final trail run between Delhi and Mumbai today. It was successful in achieving its targeted time of completing the journey in just under 12 hours. ) The train left Delhi at 2:45 pm yesterday and reached Mumbai this morning at 2:34 am. Indian Railways has been aiming to reduce the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by over 4 hours. The super-fast Talgo trains were under trail runs for this reason. Nine super light-weight coaches manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo, which can hit 200 km per hour, were imported to Mumbai in April.
What could revolutionise train travel experience in India, is the feat that Talgo train achieved in its last leg of trial on Delhi Mumbai route on Sunday. The train covered 1,384 km stretch in less than 12 hours at 150 kmph. The tracks between Delhi and Mumbai cover about 1,400 km. Currently, the Rajdhani Express makes the journey in 16 hours.
This is one of the important step towards revolutionising the train travel experience in India. Suresh Prabhu is doing really an amazing job so far. Railways has been improved their timings, swach Bharat abhiyan is so evident in railway stations and people are openly praising railway minister for the same. With the introduction of Talgo Train, suresh Prabhu just elevated railway to a brand new level!
The nine-coach Talgo train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment. Indian Railways had conducted the first trial run of Talgo trains on the Bareilly-Moradabad stretch in Uttar Pradesh, following which, the second trial run was conducted on the Palwal-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway.
The railways will collate the results of technical and speed tests to determine whether to buy the Talgo coaches. Railway officials say bids will also be sought from other manufacturers for similar high-speed light-weight coaches. After the Bareilly and Moradabad route trial, the train was test-run on the route between Mathura and Palwal for around 40 days with speed up to 180 km per hour.
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