1. Talgo’s Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trial: Indian Railways terms first run a success

Talgo’s Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trial: Indian Railways terms first run a success

Talgo's semi-high speed train's maiden trial on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani stretch has been termed as a success by the Indian Railways.

By: | Updated: August 2, 2016 3:46 PM
talgo, talgo train, talgo train india, talgo train in india latest news, talgo train india video, talgo train india interior The Talgo train fully succeeded in its maiden trial between New Delhi & Mumbai, said Indian Railways.

Talgo’s semi-high speed train’s maiden trial on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani stretch may have been hit by heavy rains and track washout, but the Spanish company can draw consolation from the fact that Indian Railways has termed the run as a success. “The Talgo train fully succeeded in its maiden trial between New Delhi & Mumbai. From Delhi to Surat, Talgo’s train took around 2 hours less in comparison to Rajdhani Express,” said the Suresh Prabhu-led Railway Ministry. The average running speed of the Talgo train between the New Delhi to Surat was 106.52 kmph as compared to Rajdhani’s average speed of 89.76 kmph on that stretch.

Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, Infrastructure at Railway Board believes that Talgo’s train would have taken three hours less than Rajdhani. “See till Surat Talgo saved two hours. That is it took two hours less than Rajdhani, and that is what it had claimed. Had the trial run gone as per schedule, I am sure it would easily have saved a total of three hours over Rajdhani,” Vijay Kumar told FE Online. “This is the dawn of a new era in passenger transportation for Indian Railways,” he added.

talgo, talgo train, talgo train india, talgo train in india latest news, talgo train india video, talgo train india interior Prima-facie comparison of running time between Talgo and Rajdhani Express. (Source: Indian Railways)

Talgo’s nine-coach train, pulled by an Indian Railways engine, departed from New Delhi at 19:55 hours on Monday. Talgo’s train, owing to heavy rains enroute and point failure at Mathura Junction, reached at 11:36 AM at Mumbai Central. Rajdhani Express takes 15 hours and 50 minutes to traverse the distance between New Delhi and Mumbai Central. If Talgo’s trial had gone as per schedule and without any glitches, the train would have taken 12 hours 47 minutes for the journey, that is approximately 3 hours less than Rajdhani. “Water logging beyond Surat between Udvada–Vapi–Bhilad section considerably delayed the movement of trains as speed restrictions had to be imposed for safety reasons. Accordingly beyond Surat the Talgo train could not implement its trial schedule,” said Railways.

Watch: Exclusive interior preview of Talgo’s coaches

“It (Talgo) travelled through the same route which is followed by the New Delhi– Mumbai Rajdhani Express train No. 12952. It also observed the same permanent and temporary speed restrictions as well as the sectional speeds of Rajdhani Express Train No. 12952,” said the Ministry of Railways. The last trial of Talgo’s train will be conducted at a maximum speed of 150 kmph and will be the most crucial, because it will test the claim that a train journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in 11 hours and 38 minutes.

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    Amit Kumar
    Aug 2, 2016 at 10:36 am
    India needs to develop its own engine and biggies
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      Mehul Shah
      Aug 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm
      i like the idea, and good initiative but few points to understand,this is nothing then refurbished regular coaches, no fundamental changes just cosmetic interior changes and i tell you whySeats are comfortable - but one thing to point out - Delhi-Mumbai route also travelled by family - so some part of the coaches need to align as seating for 4 (instead all seats posing same direction) (check out original Talgo seating arrangement on Renf site)Overhead luggage compartment - 1 or 2 hour journey and open cabin fine - but this route will last for more than 10 hours, how come IR can not come up with closed overhead luggage cabin (just like planes) it would boost saftey greatly and less injury to pengers from falling luggageno automatic doors - still not there yet, even elevator in india has automatic sensor doors, why on these trains we don't implement the automatic doorsoverhead TV - now this is ridiculous, who would be watching overhead TV that hangs on 6 feet above you sit and has 20 inch or may 22 inch screen - even though it is for information purpose it should be in middle isle.why not provide radio, tv screen at seat just like planes - that will boost good revenue for adver and true luxuryWheelchair access - we also have large potion that have mobility issue, why not make some seats disable accessibleso this are few issues, - finally - is it going to be half price or at least 75% of plane ticket that can still justify 10 hour journey over 2 hour in flightand one more important thing - coaches are from talgo but the real machine engine is still locomotives or electrical that runs between 140 to 160 km an hour - so why not use real engine that can deliver good speed with comfortswe are not building infrastructure here for long term, we are just doing cosmetic things to please the peopletracks, electrical system, platforms, signal systems, engines everything need to be changed in order to support high-speed transportationand please don't say it will come eventually - no it won't either BJP, AAP or Congress rulewe don't believe in infrastructure to build, we want to always see eye pleasing event and that is what they delieverd TALGO coaches - why not put Talgo engine (sorry Renfe) on track and have speed and comfort of that
      1. B Gurudath Rao
        Aug 3, 2016 at 11:25 am
        hope more trains of this genre will run to all parts of india. faster mobility can boost the economy faster.
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          M Shukla
          Aug 5, 2016 at 5:58 am
          Very good success of the Talgo. But one question, the existing LHB trains are also fit for a speed of 160 Kmph (gatiman express) on Indian Track conditions. If the Talgo will be run at 150 kmph, why not upgrade the LHB Rajdhani to 150 Kmph. Hope there is no hidden scam here.
          1. S
            Aug 2, 2016 at 4:15 pm
            If talgo comes and shelves 3 hrs or more on existing routes, it is going to be biggest jump in last 70 years on the railways. This is great because it will come at very low cost. Let us hope for early commercial run of this trains.
            1. Sudip Bhattacharjee
              Aug 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm
              Jai Modi Jai Prabhu.......finally much needed steps are taken for the Railways....the backbone of our economy.
              1. A
                Aug 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                It is impossible at present.
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