Can Spanish Talgo trains slash Delhi-Mumbai travel time? Final trial today
The final trial run to determine if the Spainish Talgo train can slash the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by four hours will be conducted on Saturday.india Updated: Sep 10, 2016 11:11 IST
The final trial run to determine if the Spanish Talgo train can slash the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai by four hours will be conducted on Saturday.
A Talgo train is expected to start at 2.45pm from New Delhi station on September 10 and scheduled to reach at Mumbai at 2.29am early morning next day, said a senior railway ministry official.
The train with nine coaches aims for a speed of 150 km/hour and a travel time of 11 hours and 44 minutes.
Talgo aims to reduce travel time between Delhi-Mumbai by four hours. Currently, the super-fast Rajdhani Express train takes around 16 hours between New Delhi and Mumbai.
Nine super light-weight coaches manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo, which can hit 200 km per hour, were imported to Mumbai in April.
On Friday, a Talgo train reached Mumbai 18 minutes late in the penultimate trial.
Travelling the 1,384km stretch between New Delhi and Mumbai, the train at 140 km per hour speed reached 3.15am -- instead of scheduled arrival at 2.57am.
In an earlier trial on August 2, the high-speed train reached Mumbai Central station within 15 hours and 41 minutes since its departure from Delhi. It was delayed between Surat-Mumbai section as the tracks were washed away due to floods.
Apart from Mumbai, the Railways conducted a trial run of Talgo trains on the Bareilly-Moradabad stretch in Uttar Pradesh followed by another on the Palwal-Mathura section of the North-Central Railway.
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.
Besides railway staff, technicians from Talgo are on board during the trial.
First Published: Sep 10, 2016 10:34 IST