More power to the Spain-built Talgo!
After clocking a speed of 180 km/hr in 38 minutes, Talgo has become the fastest train in the country. It has even beaten the previously held record of the Gatimaan Express.
The train covered 84 km in its trial run, which was conducted by the Indian Railways on the Mathura-Palwal route.
On the first day of the trial, the train covered 84 km at a speed of 120 km/hr. Thereafter, it was decided that the speed of the train would be increased by 10 km/hr everyday. After the successful trial runs, the train’s speed was increased to 170 km/hr on Tuesday.
The second phase of the trial run had recommenced on July 9. On the fifth day of the trial, the train covered 84 km in 38 minutes on the Mathura-Palwal route.
It is believed that now the next trial runs would be carried out by keeping sandbags (as a substitute to passengers’ weight) to see how the train works at turns.
Aim of the Talgo test run is to connect New Delhi (the national capital) to Mumbai (the financial capital). And so, the next tryout will be carried out between Mathura and Mumbai (on the route of Mumbai-bound Rajdhani Express).
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Lesser travel time and 30% less energy consumption (that’ll eventually help in reducing the power bill) are the main highlights of the Talgo trains.
Just like planes, the coaches of these trains have seats close to each other and a normal luggage rack. Even the space between the seats is not much, leaving no space for anything bigger than a backpack. Also, there’s a wall-mounted table in between the seats, as per the info shared in a report.
The government has been working towards bringing faster trains with facilities that provide a better travel experience to travellers as told by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. He also mentioned that the railways is trying its best to meet the expectations of the society and aims at achieving seven missions, including the “Mission on speed”, “Mission to have zero accidents” and “Mission on accounting reform”, etc.