Talgo’s train finally arrived in Mumbai today, after its awaited trial run on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani stretch was hit by heavy rainfall and track washout on the route. According to a series of tweets put out by the Railway Ministry, the train’s trial run has otherwise been a success. “A section of rly track b/w Vapi-Bhilad #Delhi2#Mumbai route washed out due 2heavy rainfall ,train services affected, track restored @10KMPH. Due to track wash out b/w #Delhi 2 #Mumbai route Talgo train trial affected: Upto Ratlam Talgo was running b4 time,” the Railway Ministry tweeted. “Talgo train Trail run Delhi-Mumbai was great success, it recorded 50Minutes gain from the sheduled run upto Ratlam,” it said. “Further three more trials of Talgo train will be carried out between #Delhi to #Mumbai in the coming days,” the Suresh Prabhu-led ministry added.
The train had departed from Delhi at 19:55 hours on Monday evening, for the first leg of its final phase trials on the Delhi to Mumbai route. Talgo has claimed that its coaches can help clock higher speeds on existing Indian tracks and this it says can help complete a train journey between the two metros in less than 12 hours. The nine-coach train has been undergoing extensive trials on Indian tracks and is being tested on various parameters such as safety, stability, brake system and speed.
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A few days ago, the Talgo train, that is being pulled by an Indian Railways engine, broke the speed record of Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi and Rajdhani, by clocking 180 kmph on the Mathura Palwal stretch. The Delhi to Mumbai Rajhani route test will involve speeds of 130 kmph and 150 kmph. 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.