Talgo’s Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trials to start on August 1; to test less than 12 hours train journey claim

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Updated: July 25, 2016 10:01:40 PM

Delhi to Mumbai train journey in less than twelve hours, with Talgo coaches, may come true as early as the first week of August!

Talgo, Talgo train, Talgo fastest train, Talgo train route, Talgo Delhi to MumbaiYes, the final phase of Talgo?s trials for Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways will begin on August 1, with the train departing from New Delhi Railway Station at 19:55 hours. (Image by Indian Railways)

Delhi to Mumbai train journey in less than twelve hours, with Talgo coaches, may come true as early as the first week of August! Yes, the final phase of Talgo’s trials for Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways will begin on August 1, with the train departing from New Delhi Railway Station at 19:55 hours. The train will reach Mumbai on the morning of August 2. The total duration of the journey at a speed of 130 kmph is likely to be 12 hours and 47 minutes, as claimed by Talgo, the Spanish manufacturer of high-speed trains. The third phase of the extensive trials that Indian Railways is conducting with Talgo’s coaches will involve three runs between the metro cities of Delhi to Mumbai. It is being done on the Delhi to Mumbai Rajdhani route.

The second run of the nine coach train, that is currently being pulled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine of the Indian Railways, will take place on August 3. The train will depart from Mumbai at 3:00 AM on the morning of August 3 and reaching Delhi in the evening. Talgo claims that this journey at a speed of 130 kmph will take 12 hours and 27 minutes. The final run will take place on August 5, with the train leaving from Delhi at 19:55 hours and arriving in Mumbai on August 6 morning. The last trial will be conducted at a maximum speed of 150 kmph and will be the most crucial, because it will test Talgo’s claim that the journey can be completed in 11 hours and 38 minutes.

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Elaborating on the three runs between Delhi and Mumbai, Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, Infrastructure at Railway Board told FE Online, “In the first run on August 1, we will test the coaches on the exact same parameters as the existing Rajdhani route. A maxmium permissible speed of 130 kmph will be attained. On the return journey some technical parameters will be changed.” “Basically while going, to Mumbai, the train will have a cant deficiency of 100 mm, and while returning it will be 125 mm. What this means is that while coming to Delhi, we will increase the speed of the train on curves. Talgo’s coaches are made in a manner that they can achieve higher speeds on curves than other coaches. In the final run, the speed will be at the maximum speed of 150 kmph and the cant deficiency will be 125 mm, implying that we will test the train at higher speeds on curves and otherwise as well,” Vijay Kumar explained.

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The third stage trials will be conducted with the coaches empty, and will pave way for the Railway Ministry to take a final decision on the viability of using Talgo’s coaches on Indian tracks. The nine-coach 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. Last week, Talgo’s coaches successfully completed their first run loaded to full capacity at a speed of 180 kmph between the Mathura to Palwal stretch. This speed is said to be the fastest till date on Indian tracks, beating the likes of Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Gatimaan.

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