Mumbai to Delhi in 13 hours, Railways to upgrade existing train

The Railway Ministry is now assessing the results and will conduct further trials, said sources.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: August 7, 2017 12:03 pm
mumbai delhi fastest train, mumbai delhi train projects, indian railways, railways new projects, mumbai to delhi in 13 hours, indian express news While the existing 24-coach Mumbai Rajdhani has a sanctioned speed of 130 kmph, its average speed is about 90 kmph due to the curves and numerous other speed restrictions along the 1,386-km route that takes 15.35 hours.

The Railways  is finally moving to connect the country’s most high-profile route — Delhi-Mumbai — by upgrading an existing train to complete the journey in 13 hours, three hours less that the current running time for the Rajdhani, official sources told The Indian Express. The move is expected to make this link a “true overnighter”, sources said.

The first trial of this service was conducted recently, using the Linke Hofman Busch (LHB) coaches of the Rajdhani. The Railway Ministry is now assessing the results and will conduct further trials, said sources. Members of the Railway Board will also discuss issues related to the new service in a meeting this month, said sources. Railway Board Member (Rolling Stock) Ravindra Gupta, who proposed this service, is spearheading the project.

While the existing 24-coach Mumbai Rajdhani has a sanctioned speed of 130 kmph, its average speed is about 90 kmph due to the curves and numerous other speed restrictions along the 1,386-km route that takes 15.35 hours. For the new project, a 14-coach train will be used, pulled by a single engine, even though two engines were deployed in the first trial for faster acceleration and deceleration.

The LHB coaches are designed to run at a top speed of over 150 kmph — the engines are capable of 200 kmph. However, speed restrictions owing to tracks, signalling systems and other route conditions, have forced the existing rakes to under-perform in terms of speed, said sources. In what is being termed a “soft trial”, the 14-coach rake took a little more than 13 hours with two operational halts to complete the journey. The Railways’ engineers now believe that the final product will have to cut the six halts currently on the route to two, or even one.

The second, “more serious” trial will happen after the Railway Board meeting, a member, who did not wish to be named, told The Indian Express. The sanctioned speed of the new service under trial will continue to be 130 kmph, but efforts are being made to verify if stretches where the train can attain and remain at that speed for longer can be extended. This is key to the project’s success, said sources.

The Mumbai-Delhi route, patronised largely by business travellers, has seen a major shift in favour of airlines in recent years. A true overnighter will claw back a sizeable pie of that market, said Ministry officials. This plan is parallel to the futuristic plan, which was sanctioned recently, of developing Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes into special corridors with semi-high-speed services. While that will take years and heavy investments in infrastructure upgrade, this project will take off soon, sources said.

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    Sanjay Kumar Jha Maithili
    Aug 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    If india go for push and pull system om existing rout we can easily increase 5 to 6 km/h extra speed without upgrading the track and with track upgradation speed can be achieved up to 10 km/h more
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      AK
      Aug 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm
      Railway should concentrate on basic eminities instead of these gimmicks. They should stop exploiting and fleecing the common passengers.
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        Bharat
        Aug 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm
        In developing countries there is no death on track except isolated cases. There is no passage through track except underground or over bridge for public safety. No animal seen on track. In india hundreds loose their lives on tracks. Animal accidents are daily routine. First make safe and healthy journey with no threat to life.
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          ginololoya
          Aug 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
          When most Indian people resist even a 10 Rs fare hike, do we even deserve these faster trains? What's the rush? Aren't we - at large - laid back, dhosa and paan eaters and spitters, pea-ers wherever we can pea? Progress in trains and planes for the others when we don't even care for clean toilets in trains and have unidentifiable seat belts in planes.
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            Parth Garg
            Aug 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm
            With the increase in rail traffic the rails are already suffering from metal fatigue. In the result the incidents of cracks in the rails are on the increase. The quality of rails is also a matter of concern. Running fast trains could aggravate the problem of safety of rollng stock and the passengers.
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              Birendra
              Aug 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm
              if middle class of india do not wake up this govt is going to build a superfast train between feku and rahul back passage
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                Birendra
                Aug 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                sounds like a feku chiawala journey from railway yard to PM,is it a feku train
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                  Vns
                  Aug 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm
                  You are the feku hindu.. you are a Muslim commenting in the name of hindu. Get out Of the country of you don't like BJP
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                  Yoesf
                  Aug 7, 2017 at 11:51 am
                  Why India not import Japan or China high-speed train? Mumbai to Delhi should only need about 3.5 or 4 hours.
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