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New Delhi: The much-awaited Spanish-made Talgo high-speed train completed its last Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trial in less than 12 hours on Sunday.

The train left New Delhi at 14:45 hours on Saturday afternoon and reached Mumbai Central at 02:33 hours that is in 11 hours and 48 minutes.

“The train left New Delhi at 14:45 hours on Saturday afternoon and reached Mumbai Central at 02:33 hours that is in 11 hours and 48 minutes. This includes around 6 minutes of irregularities or unusual occurrences. So, the total time taken was actually 11 hours 44 minutes,” Vijay Kumar, Executive Director, Infrastructure said.

The Railway Ministry Suresh Prabhu took to twitter to share the news of the successful trial run of Talgo and said: “In a big boost to IR’s dreams of semi-high (speed), Talgo’s train completed Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trial in less than 12 hours.”
 
He congratulated the railways team and wrote: “A major achievement for our team. We are working on increasing speed, reducing travel time using innovative means.”
 
The Talgo, with nine lightweight coaches, is expected to cut down travel time between New Delhi and Mumbai by around four hours – from the existing 16 to 12 hours.

(With IANS inputs)

 

First Published | 11 September 2016 8:37 AM
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