India's fastest train makes dream run
The Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Exp reached Agra in just one hour and 56 minutes.india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 16:26 IST
India's fastest train, the Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express, had its inaugural run on Wednesday.
It reached the Taj Mahal city of Agra in just one hour and 56 minutes.
Railway Minister Lalu Prasad flagged off the train at the New Delhi Railway Station. After covering the 199 km run between New Delhi and Agra at a speed of 150 km an hour, it ran at 120 km per hour on its way to Bhopal.
"February 15 will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Indian Railways," the minister said.
"We have started this train as an experiment. We will study the performance of this line and may go for 150-km-an-hour trains on the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes also," Lalu Prasad said.
The New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi has sparklingly new eight Chair Car compartments with 78 seats each as against 67 seats earlier, an executive coach of 56 seats and two power cars.
A total of 680 passengers can travel at a time compared to the earlier number of 582.
"The train will run for six days at 150 km per hour. But on Fridays it will run only at a speed of 120 km on the entire route of 705 km," said JP Batra, chairman of the Railway Board.
A super-fast WAP-5 locomotive will pull the train.
The minister said the tracks on the Delhi-Agra line were fortified to withstand the high speed and fences had been raised at many points to avoid accidental intrusions.