In the process to speed up the Indian Railways, our beloved Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu has come up with yet another plan to introduce Talgo Train ““ Superfast Train with super amenities, the trials of which concluded with successful results today. The train completed its journey from New Delhi to Mumbai in less than its initial target of 12 hours. The train departed New Delhi station at 14:45 on Saturday and reached Mumbai Central on Sunday at 02:34. An indigenous CLW built 5500 horsepower electric locomotive WAP-5 was used as the power. The train clocked a maximum speed of 150 km/hr, and covered the distance of 1384 km at an average speed of 118 km/hr.
The aim of the trials were to cut down travel time between Delhi and Mumbai under the present condition of railway tracks, number of stops and technical parameters. After the final phase of trial, Railway will collate the results of all the four trials to determine the technical and oerational feasibility of running Talgo trains on the route. If the results suggest the feasibility, the next step will be to place an order for the Talgo coaches. As of now according to Mr. Prabhu “Talgo is very keen to manufacture in India; this will give impetus to Prime Minister Narendra Modi”™s Make in India dream”. Railway Ministry is also in conversation with various other manufacturers for the similar light weight coaches.
Some facts about Talgo :
- Talgo is a Spanish Manufacture of intercity, standard, and high speed passenger trains. India imported “˜Nine super light weight Coaches on March 27, 2016″™, which include two executive class coaches, four general class coaches, a cafeteria, a power car and a tail-end coach.
- The initial trials were done in Bareilly-Moradabad section at a speed of 115 km/hr. Soon after, successful trials at 180 km/hr were conducted with WDP-4 diesel locomotives in the Palwal- Mathura section.
- There were 4 trial runs conducted on the New Delhi- Mumbai route. The final trial covered the distance of 1384 kilometre in 11 hr 45 minutes, less than the target of 12 hours.
- Talgo is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi-Mumbai by four hours. Currently, the super-fast Rajdhani Express takes around 16 hours and Talgo is expected to cover it up in 12 hours.
- Speed: Talgo coaches which are undergoing trials in India can achieve maximum speed of 200 kmph. Successful trials in Palwal-Mathura section at 180 km/hr were conducted. The maximum speed of Gatimaan Express is 160 kmph, Bhopal Shatabdi Express 150 kmph, and most of the Rajdhanis & Shatabdis is 130 kmph.
- Power Consumption: Because of its light weight (Aluminum Body Coaches), it will consume approx 30% less energy, saving Railway Power Bill.
- Safety: Talgo technology of single axle with independent wheels: help it to move at high speed on curves cutting down chances of derailment.
- No Additional Infrastructure: Adjustable wheels help to travel on different tracks (Broad Gauge as well as Standard Gauge). Hence, Talgo trains can easily be adapted for Indian Broad gauge (1.676 metre wide).
- Comfort: Talgo coaches are very comfortable with comfortable seat, enough leg space, reading lights, tables, audio & video entertainment.
With Mr. Suresh Prabhi ideas and Modi ji vision of running existing trains at higher speeds and to introduce faster train sets, which include bullet trains, semi high-speed trains, the Talgo trials and Mission Raftar, Indian Railway future is sure looking more fast and comfortable journey. Suresh Prabhu’s vision is that people can travel from any part of India to the other part in a maximum of 12 hours, the successful trial of Talgo trains is a step towards realisation of his vision.
Watch Talgo train running at 150 km/hr during its final trial run between New Delhi and Mumbai (Video captured by Railfan friend Anirudh Jolly)
Bhavna Banodha & Kshitij Mohan
Video Credits – Anirudh Jolly