New Delhi: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would make bullet trains run in India, sceptics scoffed. He even approved Japan to build India’s first high-speed railway. They still scoffed at him.
However, in a major development, Talgo trains could soon be running in India.
A group of Spanish officials will be present as the Railways test-runs the Talgo trains on Saturday at a speed of 180km/hour. This will be the second phase of trial and will be carried out between Mathura and Palwal.
The trial will continue till July 26 but a final run will be conducted between Delhi and Mumbai. Talgo trains are lightweight and are able to run on curves without having to decelerate. The 9-coach train consists of two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach for staff.
Indian Railways has planned to increase the speed of trains in India as a part of which Gatimaan Express is already whizzing between Delhi and Agra. The bullet train project is still some time away from being a reality. So, let’s hope that the Talgo trial is successful.
If anything, it could be another major boost for the struggling Railways.
First Published | 9 July 2016 1:58 PM