New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Sunday conducted the much-awaited speed trial of Spanish-built Talgo train between Bareilly and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Nine Talgo coaches were hauled by a 4,500 HP diesel engine for a trial run from Bareilly at 8.50 am today at a speed ranging between 80-115 km per hour.
The trial were conducted with empty coaches and after filling those with sand bags, according to reports. The testing team were in the coaches during trials.
The Talgo train coaches are lightweight and designed in a way that it can run on curves without decelerating the speed, the official said.
The trial run on the 90-km long line between Bareilly and Moradabad will continue for two weeks and after that it will be tried on Rajdhani route between Mathura and Palwal for 40 days with speed up to 180 km per hour.
The third trial will be between Delhi and Mumbai for two weeks.
The Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express runs at an average speed of 85 km per hour while the Talgo train can maintain an average speed of 125 km per hour. Talgo envisages the journey between Delhi and Mumbai can be completed in about 12 hours as compared to 17 hours at present.
Besides reducing travel time, Talgo's lighter trains consume 30 percent less energy.