Talgo’s coaches have successfully completed their first run loaded to full capacity at a speed of 180 kmph between the Mathura to Palwal stretch today. The trial was done at speeds of 170 kmph and 180 kmpt between the two places. Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, Infrastructure at Railway Board told FE Online that with this high-speed trial complete, the Indian Railways will now test the emergency braking distance system of the train. That will go on till July 26, he said.
This is a big shot in the arm for Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways’ plans to run high-speed trains on existing Indian tracks. After these stage-two trials the Talgo coaches, that are currently being pulled by an Indian engine, will be tested on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani route. The trials will begin some time in early August will be crucial for the fact that they will test Talgo’s claim of completing a train journey between the two metro cities in less than 12 hours.
The 9-coach train began its high-speed trials on July 9 and on July 13, the train hit the 180 kmph speed mark with its coaches empty. The distance between Mathura and Palwal was covered in record 39 minutes. This speed is said to be the fastest till date on Indian tracks, beating the likes of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Gatimaan. According to Vijay Kumar, “This is a first of its kind trial that the Indian Railways is undertaking.” “We normally test all newly designed coaches, but with Talgo, three-stage trials are being conducted, which has never happened before to the best of my knowledge,” Vijay Kumar had told FE Online last week.
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Indian Railways’ Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) is conducting the three-phase trials of Talgo’s coaches. It is only after these extensive trials are completed and a report on the same analysed, will the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu take any decision on using the Talgo coaches for Indian Railways.