After successful launch of India’s fastest semi-bullet train, the Railway is running the Spanish Talgo train at a maximum speed of upto 180 km per hour during the second phase trial in Matura to Palwal route today .
The first trial was held between Bareilly and Moradabad route, earlier last month.The trial of nine coaches train is being conducted in presence of a team of Spanish officials along with railways officials and experts from Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO).
Talgo coaches are lightweight and designed in a way that it can run on curves without dropping down the speed.
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“The trial will continue till July 26 and various aspects will be observed during the trial run,” the official said.
The 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. Hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine, Talgo train clocks speed ranging from 80 to 115 km per hour during the first trial. The trial will be done with empty coaches and after filling those with sand bags. The testing team will be onboard during trials.Besides speed, testing team will also observe vibration, safety and stability of lightweight coaches during the trial and these technical parametres are essential measures for high speed run.
About the earlier trial results, the official said report is under preparation with analysis of various technical data. However, he said though the preliminary report is okay there will also be a final trial between Mumbai-Delhi route before finalising the report.
Shipped from Barcelona, the Talgo aluminium coaches anchored at Mumbai port on April 21.
The Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour while the Talgo train can maintain an average speed of 125 km per hour. With this Talgo train the journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in just 12 hours as compared to 17 hours at present.
This train will not only take less time but these trains consume 30 per cent less energy.The Indian Railways has set up a Mobility Directorate to work on strategies to increase speed of trains. Gatimaan Express – India’s first semi-high speed that runs 160 kmph, was launched on the Delhi-Agra route in April.