Delhi to Agra in 90 mins? Railways to test 160-kmph train

Railways plans to launch the service in Oct-Nov; the project is expected to find a mention in Rail Budget.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2014 3:45 pm
The NDA government has taken the unpopular decision of hiking railway passenger fare. The test train, made of coaches used in the Bhopal Shatabdi express, is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi and Agra from 126 to 90 minutes.

The Railways Ministry is set to conduct its first trial of a semi-high speed train on the Delhi-Agra route on Thursday, five days before the Rail Budget is to be announced.

The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), who must approve the arrangements for increasing the speed of the train, will be present for the trial or the ‘confirmatory run’. Along with him, the Divisional Railway Managers of Agra and Delhi will also be present.

“Arrangements have been made to achieve the top speed of 160 kmph. Now with this run we need to see the behaviour of the rake in that speed. It is a mandatory process,” Anurah Sachan, Divisional Railway Manager (Delhi)told The Indian Express.

The test train, made of coaches used in the Bhopal Shatabdi express, is expected to reduce travel time between Delhi and Agra from 126 minutes (presently by Bhopal Shatabdi) to 90 minutes. It will be pulled by an electric locomotive which can go up to 200 kmph.  Parts of the track will also have to be fenced, work that is expected to be complete in about three months.

The idea behind the project is to show that Indian Railways can run semi-high speed trains within the existing infrastructure with some alterations and minimum cost. The Railways plans to commercially launch the service in October-November and the project is expected to find a mention in the Rail Budget.

To reach the high speeds, the train will have to be smaller, with 10 passenger coaches instead of 14. This raised concerns that since it will carry fewer passengers, the Railways may have to charge more, but the Railway Board has not finalised anything. Talks have been held on pricing and sou-rces say the service could cha-rge premium rates eventually.

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  1. R
    Jul 4, 2014 at 7:36 am
    All trains dont have to be high-speed..Just the Rajdhani should be. Its the same case in other countries with high speed train travel. Only certain trains, that are more expensive, are high speed.
  2. R
    Jul 8, 2014 at 8:10 am
    Rhetoric. The railways has a 21billion USD t/o so they can afford it, not to mention, the possibility of private equity investment..
  3. R
    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm
    To put speed into perspective: The average speed of a cyclist in Tour the France is 50 kmph. So this train can only do approximately 3 times that! Why cant India have high speed train travel? Surely with a turnover of $21 billion they can afford to spend on high-speed infrastructure.
  4. I
    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:56 am
    Very good train in india & most fastest train in india.
  5. R
    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Old wine in new bottle. The Bhopal Shatabdi used to do agra in 100 minutes @160 kmph 15 years ago
  6. s
    Jul 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    Mr. Samarth Singh, Beautifully put forth.
  7. V
    Vivek Rai
    Jul 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    Because Indians are not ready for anything like that. How do you expect high speed trains in India when people are unable to cope up with minor price hikes? Its not a bad thing but something that will be overcome in time.
  8. S
    Sai Kanomie
    Jul 3, 2014 at 5:21 am
    Where is the sauchalya movement first?
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