Talgo, the Spanish leading manufacturer of semi-high speed and high-speed trains recently completed its first trial in India, the train ran from Bareilly to Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh at the top speed of 110-115kms and completed the distance in 70 minutes.
According to the officials, the train left at 9:05 AM and reached Moradabad at 10:15 AM. “The train ran at 100 to 115 km/hour speed,” said Rajiv Mishra the General Manager of North Eastern Railways.
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Moreover, according to Rajiv Mishra, the Talgo will continue running on the same route till 12 June.
The train consists of nine coaches including two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a tail-end coach for staff and equipment and a power car and this light train also consumes 30% less energy.
The Bareilly-Moradabad travel isn’t the first trial which the train will have to face. According to some officials, the train will also be tested on the Rajdhani route between Mathura and Palwal with the speed up to 180kms for 40 days.
These trials are conducted to test the riding, safety, and stability of the Talgo trains which just can’t be determined by only a single trial.
This is what the Executive Director of Railways’ Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Hamid Akhtar, who also travelled in the train has to say about its future:
“It is difficult to say anything about the success or failure of the trial… We will record the timings and other parameters during the journey (in further runs)… The data will be analysed and then only we will be able to say anything. Nevertheless, it was a smooth ride.”
The Talgo train was shipped from Barcelona on 21st April and is the part of the initiative to increase the speed of trains in India.