The maiden trial run of coaches of the superfast Talgo train was conducted on May 29 between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
A 4,500 HP diesel engine of the Indian Railways hauled nine Talgo coaches between the speed range of 80 and 115 km per hour.
This test run is part of the Indian Railways’ ambitious high-speed train network scheme under which trains are envisaged to run at speeds in excess of 160 km per hour.
Talgo is a Spanish train maker. Its coaches are lightweight (made from aluminium) and are designed to let them run on curves at high speed.
The Talgo train coaches during their trial run. Bhaskar
The company offered free trial run of its coaches in India.
Its offer was accepted over a Japanese proposal that asked for an upgrade of the tracks and signaling systems before high-speed train run tests. Talgo, on the other hand, claims that no upgrades are needed for its trains.
The interior of a Talgo train coach. Bhaskar
On Saturday, May 28, the Indian Railways successfully conducted censor trials of the Talgo coaches between Izzatnagar and Bhojipura stations in Uttar Pradesh.
Speed trials on Bareilly-Moradabad route will continue till June 12.
The coaches will then be tested at speeds of 180 km per hour at Mathura-Palwal route for 40 days, and at speeds of 200-220 km per hour on the New Delhi-Mumbai route thereafter.
A WAP4 diesel engine hauled the coaches. Bhaskar
Talgo shipped 21 coaches to India for testing. The coaches can not only cut down on travel time but also consume lesser energy. Currently Gatimaan Express is India’s fastest train. Launched early this year, the train clocks 160 km per hour on the Delhi-Agra route.