Trial run of High-Speed Spanish Talgo Train conducted in India
It was conducted as part of the Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains by a joint team of the Railway Design Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Spanish train manufacturer Talgo.
Nine-coach Spanish train Talgo’s trial run was conducted on 29 May 2016 on the Bareilly-Moradabad route of Uttar Pradesh. It was conducted as part of the Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains.
The trail run was conducted by a joint team of the Railway Design Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Spanish train manufacturer Talgo.
The nine-coach Talgo train hauled by a 4500 HP diesel engine was tested on the 90-km line as part of the first trial run. The 90-km distance was covered in 1 hour 10 minutes.
Three phases of trial run
The trial run will be conducted in three phases on three routes. These are:
• First phase: Bareilly-Moradabadone route
• Second phase: Mathura-Palwal route
• Third phase: Mumbai-Delhi route
Spanish train Talgo
• It is a lighter and faster vehicle with speed up to 115 km per hour.
• Besides reducing travel time, Talgo's lighter trains consume 30 percent less energy.
• They are designed in a way that it can run on curves without decelerating the speed.
• 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.
• It envisages reducing time of journey between Delhi and Mumbai from 17 hours at present to 12 hours.
As of now, the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour.
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