The fastest train of India, Gatimann Express, is expected to start services this month from Delhi.
The train, which would run at the speed of 160 Km/hr, will operate between Delhi and Agra Cantonment. It will take only 90 minutes to reach its destination.
The Northern Railways have conducted more than six trials and they are ready to make the train services available to the public.
“We have written that we can start once the fog season is over,” said Mr. Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi).
The launch of the train was earlier scheduled for 2015, but it was postponed due to some technicalities concerns raised by Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS). They have been taken care of now.
The inaugural run of the train, which is powered with 5,400 horse power and 12 ultra-modern coaches, is expected to take place by the end of this month or in the first week of March.
To achieve high-speed, Northern Railways have fenced off certain tracks on the route. The signaling system has also been upgraded.
With an amount equivalent to Rs 2.5 crore being spent on each coach of the train, it will have features like an emergency braking system, automatic fire alarm, passenger information system, television screens for each seat and sliding doors inside coaches.
In addition, Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) will conduct psychological and medical examinations of loco pilots to assess their focus and stress management abilities.
Similar train on six other routes—Kanpur-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Goa-Mumbai and Nagpur-Secunderabad—are being planned by the railways.