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Rail Travel in India being Speeded Up to 160-200 kmph

Rail-travel in India is all set to get an upgrade with the introduction of the high-speed Talgo made trains.
The Rs 2,000 billion Diamond Quadrilateral project is in the offing.
It aims to significantly lessen the travelling time between the metro cities with the introduction of the high-speed trains, which will run at speeds of about 300-kmph.
Trials to begin soon.
The High-speed Talgo train to start trial run shortly in India


A Talgo train is lighter. It has, besides other features, two important technically advanced characteristics :-
  • Front design:  Aerodynamic. Optimized for pressure waves and lateral winds
  • Electric brake equipment:  Regenerative (2400 kW) and rheostatic (2000 kW)
Due to these, besides reducing travel time, Talgo’s trains consume 30 per cent less energy. These trains are already successfully running at several places in Asia and the US.

The Indian Railways is also rapidly moving towards executing its high speed corridor plans. The Railways has approved Talgo to carry out trial runs at speeds between 160 and 200 kmph on the Delhi-Mumbai route. Depending upon the outcome of the trial runs, the railways will mull over launch of high speed trains on other routes too.

First, Talgo will conduct the time validation trial on Delhi-Mumbai corridor soon.
Moving ahead with the Diamond Quadrilateral project, the High Speed Rail Corporation of the Railways has awarded the contract to carry out feasibility study of the three main routes to selected reputed companies of the world.
 
 Companies Routes to carry out feasibility study
Third Railway Survey and Design Institute (China) Delhi-Mumbai
Systra (France) Mumbai-Chennai
Ineco (Spain) Delhi and Kolkata
 
The feasibility study for the three routes is estimated to cost about Rs 300 million, and barring minor changes, there will be no need for overhauling the tracks for the trial run.
Currently, Rajdhani Express is the fastest train between Delhi & Mumbai. It takes nearly 16 hours to travel between Delhi and Mumbai. If the Talgo train runs at speeds varying between 160 and 200 kmph on the existing infrastructure without any upgrade, the travel time between the two cities is expected to be cut down to about 12 hours.

Similarly, the travel times between Delhi and the other metros are also aimed to be decreased with the introduction of such trains.
 

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