If you like to keep abreast with news on the Indian Railways, there is no way you could have missed out on the ongoing Talgo coach trials! Talgo, the Spanish manufacturer of high-speed and light-weight trains, has given its coaches to Indian Railways, claiming that they can match semi-high speed trains on the existing Indian tracks. Recently, the nine-coach Talgo train, that is being pulled by an Indian Railways engine, clocked the 180 kmph speed mark, more than what Gatimaan Express, Shatabdi and Rajdhani do. The trials are special for the fact that Talgo has claimed its coaches can help complete a train journey between Delhi and Mumbai in less than 12 hours.
But, even as the trials continue and Indian Railways ponders on whether the coaches are fit to ply on Indian tracks, we decided to check out the interiors of the train. The Talgo train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach. The Executive class car can seat up to 20 people and has rich looking black seats, that are quite comfortable. There is a lot of leg-room and the big windows provide ample scope for sunlight to stream in. In the middle of the coach, 6 seats have the provision of foldable tables. The other seats have foldable back seat trays for meals and other small things like books that you may want to keep handy during your train journey. These trays also feature in the general chair cars. The general chair car can seat up to 36 people, and while the seats may not be as premium as the Executive class, they are fairly comfortable. Both types of chair cars boast of spacious luggage racks and have storage capacity at the end of each coach.
Watch: Exclusive interior preview of Talgo’s coaches
Talgo’s train also has a cafeteria designed for European needs. It has provision for food items like burgers and donuts along with tea and coffee. If Talgo’s coaches are used, the cafeteria may need to be redesigned to suit Indian needs.
The coaches of the Talgo train are made up of aluminum alloys which are light as compared to conventional rakes of Mail/Express trains in India. Currently, premium trains like Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express and Gatiman Express have Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches which are made up of stainless steel and aluminium. These coaches were initially developed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch of Germany and later on the technology was transferred to Rail Coach Factory. Talgo formally approached the Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways with its proposal in July 2015. According to the company, its coaches weigh much less than an average Indian Railways coach. This, the company claims will help it run trains at a higher speed on the existing Indian tracks.