The Indian Railways began trials of high-speed, Spanish Talgo train between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
“The train will be tested on maximum speed of 115kmph during the run,” said Nikhil Pandey, divisional rail magistrate, Izzatnagar Divison of North Eastern Railways.
The train has 11 elements, including nine Talgo coaches and two indigenous diesel engines. It comprises of two executive class cars, four chair cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff and equipment.
Four separate cabin crew teams, including two drivers, and two teams of the Railway Protection Force were deployed for the test. To simulate practical conditions, 324 sandbags were used in place of actual passengers inside the coaches.
Talgo, a Spanish company that specialises in high-speed and semi-high speed trains, provided the coaches for trial on its own cost.
(With inputs from agencies)