With a maximum speed of 140 kmph, Talgo's train today completed its third trial run on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani route in 12 hours and 7 minutes, delayed on account of "unusual occurrences".
With a maximum speed of 140 kmph, Talgo’s train today completed its third trial run on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani route in 12 hours and 7 minutes, delayed on account of “unusual occurrences”. Talgo had claimed that the train would be able to complete the journey in 12 hours and 4 minutes. Talking about the same Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, Infrastructure at Railway Board told FE Online, “The train left New Delhi on August 9 afternoon at 14:47 hours and reached at 02:54 hours on August 10 morning. The total run time was 12 hours and 7 minutes, but the train was delayed due to unusual occurrences by 7 to 8 minutes. If those are discounted for then, the trial run was completed well within the target time set by Talgo.” “I was up till 3 in the night and was monitoring the movement of the train from station to station,” he added.
With this run complete, Talgo is all set to undertake the final trial on August 12. This is the most important run for the Spanish manufacturer of high-speed trains, because it will test whether the Delhi-Mumbai train trip can be completed in less than 12 hours using Talgo’s coaches. The train is expected to depart on August 12 afternoon at 14:45 and the aim is to reach Mumbai Central by 02:23 hours, that is in 11 hours and 38 minutes. The maximum speed that will be tried on the Rajdhani route for the final trial is 150 kmph. Cant deficiency for all three trials – August 5, 9 and 12 – is being kept at 125 mm, with the aim that speeds would be increased on curves.
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For the August 5 run, Talgo had taken 12 hours and 36 minutes (not including the delay of 17 minutes due to signal failure) at a maximum speed of 130 kmph. The August 1 trial of Talgo had been hindered by very heavy rainfall that had led to track washout on the Surat to Mumbai stretch. The train had been delayed, but owing to the fact that its parameters had met Talgo’s claim from Delhi to Surat, Indian Railways had declared the trial a success. The Talgo train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach.