new milestone for Ind ian Railways, the Spainmanufactured Talgo train manufactured Talgo train travelled at a speed of 180 kmph during the Phase 2 of trials between Mathura and Palwal on Wednesday . The empty nine-coach train, hauled by a WDP-4 diesel engine with 4,500 HP capacity and made at a Varanasi plant, covered the 86-km distance in 39 minutes, breaking Gatimaan Express' Indian record of 160kmph.
In the process, it shattered the record by an Indian train -previously held by Gatimaan Express, at 160kmph. The successful trial, supervised by engineers from Talgo and Research Design & Standards Organisation, Lucknow, was conducted with nine empty coaches hauled by a Varanasimade 4,500-HP diesel engine. Sandbags will be placed on seats to simulate pas senger weight in the next trial between Mumbai and New Delhi. It will aim at top speed of up to 220kmph, Dilip Kumar Singh, additional divisional railway manager of Agra, said.
Talgo is a leading Madridbased manufacturer of semi high speed (160-250 kmph) and high-speed (350kmph) passenger trains. Its coaches are lightweight -made of aluminium -and designed to run along curves without decelerating. They weigh much less than the average Indian Railways coaches and also consume 30% less energy . “Today's successful achievement is a major milestone in railway history and it takes us closer to our dreams of having high-speed train service on the existing railway tracks.“