Talgo train takes 12 hrs Delhi to Mumbai

MUMBAI: The final trial run of Spanish Talgo high-speed train on Delhi-Mumbai route completed successfully under 12 hours here on Sunday. The train covered a total distance of 1384 kms in less than 12 hours at a speed 150 kmph.

The Talgo train had left New Delhi railway station at 2:45 p.m on Saturday and reached Mumbai at around 2:34 a.m on Sunday.

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. These super light-weight coaches manufactured by Spanish firm Talgo, which can hit 200 km per hour, were imported to Mumbai in April.

The earlier trials had tested the train for sensors and derailment and were run at a much lower speed.

The speed trial of the coaches at a speed of 115 km per hour were conducted on the 90-km long line between Bareilly and Moradabad continued for around two weeks.

After that the train was test-run on the route between Mathura and Palwal for around 40 days with speed up to 180 km per hour.

The railways will collate the results of technical and speed tests to determine whether to buy the Talgo coaches.

Indian railways plans to approach other high-speed rail manufacturing firms for similar trials before taking a final decision.

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